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jester4554 asked: On grief... I have a tendency to immerse myself in whatever seems to be the cause of my emotional turmoil. For me, it helps to dwell on my problems and think them through - to rationalize the factors that have led to the present situation. I also do this when others I'm close to are suffering. Acknowledging the facets of these situations helps me to accept what's going on. I may not like it, but I'm able to come to terms that it's the reality we've been dealt and, sometimes, shit happens.
Sometimes it’s good to take a rational approach to things that would otherwise be dominated by your emotions.
Lately I’ve been talking and thinking about Catholic guilt.
Catholic guilt can include many things. To me, it mainly involves the major way Catholicism, and Christianity as a whole, still function and remain relevant in the modern world. Catholicism works because it guilts its followers into believing that they are obligated to attend mass, to donate to the Church, to follow their laws, to constantly put “God” above themselves, or else they will go to hell.
Catholic guilt is present in the Catholic school system, too. The push to sacrifice your mental, social, and emotional health for the sake of your academia is ridiculous, and has put many of my friends at the risk of serious mental collapse.
Catholic guilt, in my life, functions as one, of many negative emotions I have regarding the religion. However, it’s the only active emotional tie I have to Catholicism that still affects me every day. People who know me are always shocked when I say that my family doesn’t know I’m an atheist, because I’m very outspoken about it. While I’m so, so, so happy being an atheist, and have tried to sever every Catholic aspect of my life, every once in a while I feel a little, well, guilty. I feel guilty because my dad thinks I’m Catholic, and I lie and tell him that I go to Mass and do everything a good little Catholic girl is supposed to do. I don’t necessarily feel bad for lying. I feel guilty that I have to hide who I am from my family, and that I have to fool them this way.
Catholicism raised me, however badly. Cutting it out of my life felt weird at first, like cutting my arm off. It really sucks that every once in a while I have to suffer from stupid, irrational guilt.
How has Catholic guilt affected your life?
Atheism is one of the best things that’s happened to me
I feel so so so so liberated now. I feel so free I love being an atheist Catholicism fucked me up man fucked me up bad
Be proud to be an atheist! I don’t let religion hold me back anymore and neither should yo I!!!
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