Break the Cycle

I’ve been brain washed and so have you. We all grew up with certain circumstances and that is what we know.  It’s our gauge of normal.  Christian, Jewish or a Hindu whatever you were born into, that is your norm.  You were raised in those truths.

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I know brain washed seems a bit harsh, but what would you call living with someone from birth through your teen years.  Most of us call those people who raised us parents and yes they get to call the shots.  They get to decide where you live, what you eat, where you go to church etc. They help mold your view points and indoctrinate you into what they believe and the cycle continues.

Let’s take this a step further.  We learn our beliefs about people from those around us.  We take our ques from them such as our beliefs on politics, same- sex marriages just like we do with religion.  Look at the professions we choose.  I am a 3rd generation pharmacist.  My husband is a car dealer like his father.  They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

I find that the people who claim to be the most religious such as the churches seem to be the most polarizing and judgemental.  There is a litany of things that the church disapproves of or denounces yet all of the time preaching love and understanding.  So which is it?

I think we need to teach our children tolerance and love each other in spite of our differences.  Let’s break the cycle.

8 thoughts on “Break the Cycle

  1. …the people who claim to be the most religious such as the churches seem to be the most polarizing and judgemental…

    isn’t that the truth! It seems as if the more ‘religious’ a person proclaims to be the more judgemental and rude they are

  2. I have an interesting story about your “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” comment. I was adopted when I was two months old and my adopted mother never worked outside of the house except as a cashier before she adopted me.
    I, on the other hand, have been a paralegal/legal assistant since I was 17, when I landed a work-study job at a law firm across the street from my high school during my senior year. I then went on to work for attorneys in Boston for years after that (and still do to this day, much to my dismay!). I despise(d) the job, yet was, and still am, very adept at it.
    At the age of 26, I searched and found my birth mother. Her profession her entire life???: A legal secretary! I sure didn’t fall far from my tree, did I?! Weird huh? And we also had the same initials.
    Sorry, guess this should’ve been a post instead of a reply! Just thought you’d find it intriguing! :)
    As always, thank you Amy for your thought-provoking posts!

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