When I skimmed through the mail today I noticed a pamphlet addressed to my son. It was from The norwegian church...with information about confirmation. On the back it was written in yellow colour: "The permission to distribute this pamphlet to everyone born in 1997 + address information's been given by the State through The norwegian tax administration." o.O I really feel that they've stepped over a boundary this time. Cause he's never been baptised & he's not in The norwegian church. I actually had to let The norwegian church know - twice - that he should be taken out of their registry. (Same happened to me.) I get kinda pissed when they try to draw in someone I've used 13 years to teach about the beautiful diversity we have here on our blue orb. ...& I do hope I've given him enough knowledge to make a sound & reasonable decision about his beliefs when HE's ready...not when society expects & wants him to. I'm not against religion, quite the opposite! I actually wouldn't even have blinked if it hadn't been specifically directed towards him. It made my blood boil a bit. Plus it makes me wonder if muslim, buddhist, etc. children also receives the same lecture in the mail...& if their parents feel the way I do? If I'd go waaaay out on the edge here & say that I don't think a christian would appreciate their children getting invites to satanic gatherings now would they? Nooo... So why can't they stop shoving their beliefs down our throats? Ease off & let us just be... A while back a young guy I work with said something that I found both sincere & profound. He said: "I don't really care what people believe in, as long as they believe in something." ~A.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~Dalai Lama.