There are a number of neighbours that I've had for years to whom only one
thing matters. Not who I am, but who, or what, I am not. Once determined, I need
be investigated no further. I don't really mind that this occurs, but it
certainly reinforces my view that religion only divides us.
Couldn't agree more, that religion is one of the most devisive aspects of
any society.It would be awesome if religion made a net positive
impact on the human race.
My coworker's wife works, mine does not. We discussed women working
outside the home. I said it is good that a woman have an ability to work whether
she does or not, so if her husband gets laid up she can then go to work. I said
if a daughter of mine wanted just to be a housewife, I would encourage her to
get the education/training necessary so she could enter the work force if ever
she needed to. If she didn't however I would deem that unwise, but not
shameful. If a son of mine, refused to get training or education needed to be
able to work and instead expected his wife would earn the living this would be
shameful.He disagreed, he thought is was just as shameful for a
woman to refuse to prepare herself to be able to work as the man, and that the
woman has just as much responsibility to help earn the money as the man. Its
hard for me to see things from his point of view.
Hutterite,Sometime the way that people treat you may be more about
their own social skills, and not so much religion they belong to. People are not
as perfect as they hope to be.I am a minority in my religion in my
neighborhood, and I feel people misunderstand our family. Prejudice is powerful
and hard to overcome. It takes a lot of love.
Or maybe criticizing others (say criticizing religious people or criticizing non
religious people) is what divides us.
"Religious values in a community might be able to influence whether or not a
woman works, regardless of her own religious leanings, showing how powerful
moral communities can be on individual decisions."That sounds
like "powerful moral communities eliminate individual choice". Does
this article favor the end of individual choice? Or it the message "if you
prefer to not work outside the home, move to a religious neighborhood"?
Another way to sum up this article is to say this .. two things that influence a
person's behavior at any given moment are .. their own internal belief
structure and .. the norms of the society they find themself in. Societies do
have an effect on individuals. Not only if women work , but on a whole host of
things.In addition societal norms over time have some influence on a
persons belief structure. To sum it all up we are affected by our stimuli.
@SnapdragonHaving lived in Chicago for 25 years I also know what a
religious minority feels like. We got along fine. I teamed up with all sorts of
people from various churches. I was invited to speak to a group of Compassionate
Friends to tell them about Mormon heaven.I worked with home schoolers and
pro-life groups.My kids sometimes felt left out of CCD groups.Perhaps Hutterite misunderstood missionary invitations. Perhaps those efforts
were hamfisted projects to share the gospel.Or just maybe Hutt likes
having a chip on his shoulder. Just sayin'.
" ... religion is one of the most divisive aspects of any
society...."Maybe, maybe not. But certainly the Religion of
Militant Atheism is as divisive as any. Wouldn't I be great if they also
"... were a positive influence..."?
Sequoya: You just used a story about the divisive effects of religion on society
as an opportunity to take a pot shot at people who don't follow a religion.
I'd say that qualifies as a nice example of the problem.
If everyone in a community is of one heart and one mind and they dwell in
righteousness and there is no poor among them .....they are considered to be a
Zion society.Gravity has been known to have zero effect on above
With a shift from part-time work being now defined as full-time work, we will
see an increase in two income families since traditional incomes and benefits
will be cut in half or disappear altogether