iโ€™m not an overtly religious person, but i am exceptionally glad i was brought up as a unitarian universalist. although, this has me feeling in conflict as it makes me question how to be the best version of myself and show kindness to others; while their beliefs harm me.

what iโ€™m struggling with is understanding how itโ€™s possible to construct a world-view where it isnโ€™t possible to see the harm in the selective denial of respect, dignity, and worth in another human for any reason and not see that as unjust and wrong.

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if a faith requires you to impose harm on others, i donโ€™t know if you have the footing upon which to ask for your convictions to be respected. as humans we arenโ€™t infallible, and we need to be able to forgive (and be forgiven) as we learn and grow.

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however, you cannot expect eternal forgiveness for harm you willfully commit unto others. at that point iโ€™m guilty of not providing them the same respect, dignity, and worth that you ask for from me.

i wish to be able to coexist with all faiths, but not at the expense of others.

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the language i use here to illustrate this conflict can be interpreted as trying to take a moral high-ground. as if to say that, one is unable to be respected due to being entirely flawed, while the other is enlightened.

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there isnโ€™t a single objective truth. what iโ€™ve been taught is that critical thought, self-reflection, and being able to question the truth in faith โ€” are all necessary. faith devoid of independent thought begets dogma.

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