i’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 i’m struggling with is understanding how it’s possible to construct a world-view where it isn’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 don’t know if you have the footing upon which to ask for your convictions to be respected. as humans we aren’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 i’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 isn’t a single objective truth. what i’ve been taught is that critical thought, self-reflection, and being able to question the truth in faith β€” are all necessary. faith devoid of independent thought begets dogma.

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