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.
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.