19. What is your opinion of religion.
This is a funny question....To me it's sorta like asking what is your opinion of spiders. I think they serve a useful purpose. I don't care for some but others are really interesting.
I watched a news report recently that said that people tend to attend church for the social aspect....duh? Everyone wants to be with like minded people and enjoy the fellowship.
Humankind has always developed belief systems for whatever reason, community, control, cohesion. And untold numbers of humans have been annihilated because they were of the wrong belief system.
What I truly would hope for all religions is tolerance but well...if wishes were horses then beggars would ride.
I have a funny about this very point (well funny to me anyway). When I worked for the New Mexico Conference of Churches as a youth coordinator, I had a person who was pitching "Character Counts" an ethics based curriculum for schools, meet with me. He wanted me to get the "church" community together and get them on board to back this program. I laughed in his face. What? You think that I can wiggle my nose and make all of these different denominations give full sanction to a "worldly" ethics curriculum? He was indignant and didn't seem to understand why I would think that was such a hard thing to do. OMG. 2 thousand years of one upmanship wasn't enough for him to get it. Wow, really? But then he was not a Christian or of any faith...............he was a progressive thinker...uh oh.
Now all these years away from the church and a lot of lovely and yet stranger than fiction people in my life, I understand the naivete that he came crippled with. Unless you steep yourself comparative religions, you can't begin to judge or guess what someone of another religion or faith will think of any particular subject......thus the non tolerance.....ignorance is crippling.