Thursday, February 11, 2010

Acceptance and Respect

I have recently heard two stories that I thought were pretty amazing. The first one was from the author of 12 Brain Rules, he talked about when he was a youth and he told his mother he was an atheist. She was a relgious women whom attended church each week, her response was amazing. Instead of flipping out, she preceded to get her son a book from Friedrich Nietzche " Twilight of Idols" She told him "If you are going to be an atheist, be the best one out there. Bon appetit!" She embraced him with love not bigotry, his curiosity, wanting to learn was paramount,  it was his path.                                  

The second story I heard was from Ann Druyan, she talked about when her father told his Dad, who was a very pious Jewish man, that he was atheist and would no longer participate in the religious traditions.  His fathers response was "The only sin would be to pretend." Her Father and Grandpa always got along wonderfully and the was never a schism because of the differences of belief. 

This kind of acceptance and respect of others choice, is something to be learned from. Right now everyone seems so hung on I am this you are that, we can not ever come to a common ground to find a way forward. I have been guilty of this as much as the next.