When I came out as atheist to my grandmother:
Grandmother: That's sad you don't believe in anything..
Me: That's not true, I believe in love and honor and respect
Mom: *scowling*: we mean something important...
(when I came out to mom as atheist)
Mom: Well you can't celebrate Christmas...
That's a good one with your grandmother.
I've gotten the whole Christmas thing too. When someone found out I was an atheist they seemed very angry that I actually do spend time with my family at Christmas and enjoy it. They began a long argument trying to convince me that I couldn't "really" enjoy Christmas.
I'm too scared to watch that movie with my parents. Not that they're particularly religious, but they're into the whole "everybody's right, it just depends on how you look at it" stuff, so they'd probably think it was overly angry or disrespectful or something.
It's weird, because I feel less nervous talking about my atheism with closed-minded fundamentalists who say I'm going to hell than my completely understanding parents.
Maybe it's because your parents(who I'm assuming are sweet people) just want everyone to be "okay" in that spiritual sense and not really judge folks? It's an honorable thing, but folks like that are rare.
Not saying I'm for that, but it's refreshing.
I know what you mean though. You at least know where you stand with a fundie, but with someone who spouts truth light and peace(I sound like Trigun), it may cause them to say "Well, I'm sorry you have nothing to believe in" and that is just an interesting convo right there.
I don't want to sound like an ass, but it sounds pretty new age-y, the "everyone is right it just depends on how you look at it". But I guess right now to me a lot of things appear new agey and so on.
My parents are very strange when it comes to religion. My mom is an ex-nun turned hippy, ex-nurse turned alternative medicine advocate, and somehow sees all of it coexisting in some sort of uber-secular worldview.
I don't claim to understand it very well, but new age-y would certainly be a good way to put it.
That was the first thing that came to mind for me.
Alternative Medicine, hoo boy. I ended up talking to a friend about that whole "method" and how it just didn't work for me.
Their response: "Well, just because it didn't work for you, doesn't mean it doesn't work!"
the mind reels...
I have a lot of mixed views regarding alternative medicine. I grew up with it and it wasn't until I was like 20 before I realized that it was controversial and non-scientific. I always assumed it was just as real as any other medicine.
There was one remedy (can't remember what it's called) that always seemed to work very well. Now I'm wondering if that's just the placebo effect (since I believed it was medicine), or if there is some truth to it all. It sure seemed legit when I was taking it.
*shrugs* I can't tell you. Someone tried to do ear candeling on me, but I refused after seeing the things that can happen from that being done.
I used the homeopathy drops for pink eye, and it made it worse...I didn't understand that AT ALL, lol.
My mom is a doctor, but isn't above going to a chiropractor...
Have we reached the reply limit? There's no reply button for your post. Guess I'll reply to myself...
Anyway, never done anything too weird like ear candeling. Actually, I don't even know what that is, but it sounds painful.