Something I could live without? Gossip, bickering, and general negativity surrounding assumptions about others -- both in myself and hearing about it from other people. That seems to be the lesson from my summer job this year, balancing relationships and finding neutrality in petty conflicts.
Day 17 — A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Hmmm... well, truth be told, I'm not the biggest Jane Austen fan on the planet. I have a really hard time making it through her novels - I love the stories and characters, but sometimes the writing just comes off as quite tedious to me (the film versions are right up my alley, though). But there was one I read a couple years ago that I devoured! I surprised myself and vowed to give her another shot. Of course, it's been a while since I've had much time to read anything... maybe it's time to pick up Sense and Sensibility from the library... :)
Day 18 — Your views on gay marriage.
For as divided as faith communities are on this issue, I am in support of it. I understand the whole "sanctity of marriage as laid down by the Bible" argument, but the fact of the matter is that marriage and who can marry is controlled by the state/government. Anything that affects the lives of people in our nation that is decreed by government power should not be discriminatory in any fashion - that includes sexual orientation. If the power to marry two people was still under the singular control of various religions, then those institutions would get to say who may and may not marry. But that is not the country we live in.
Day 19 — What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
I believe that faith and religion are two different things. I believe in both and I declare myself a part of the Catholic religion, because it is through Catholicism that I found my faith. I believe that different roads to faith are possible and there isn't one correct answer. I believe that it is presumptuous of religions to declare to know all the ways and workings of God and to judge and condemn others for their beliefs and lifestyles. I don't believe that there is one "right" religion -- I found what's right for me, but I cannot begin to fathom what might be "right" for someone else. We all have our own path. Despite not always supporting the decisions of my religion, I will proudly share it with others, because it is a part of who I am. It works for me.
As for politics... I hate them.
Day 20 — Your views on drugs and alcohol.
I don't do drugs. Never will. Especially anything involving smoke. I'm a singer -- that's just a stupid, stupid way to ruin my dreams and passions.
As for alcohol, consumed safely and in the presence of friends for a good time, I'm okay with it. I never want to get out of control and I don't plan on it... a rather timely post considering my 21st birthday is Sunday! :)
So, my views on some deeper issues. I'm not seeking to debate these or anything. Just my fundamental thoughts that have developed through most of high school and college. Obviously I've still got a lot of time to go and my views may change over my lifetime. But this is where I am now.
Sorry for the absence this week. Work is taking a lot out of me in the afternoons! I'll try to be better about posting daily or every couple of days. But thank goodness for weekends where I can catch up on important things like this! (These were just to catch up Monday through Friday... Day 21 will be a seperate post.)