My dad asks me to "say the blessing" when we have family meals for thanksgiving and things like that, and I just go along with it. I obviously don't believe the things I am saying, but I feel like it is just better sometimes to keep the peace within the family. It is just a fight I want to avoid, especially in front of the grandparents and young cousins. I have been in the biology field for six years now, and I just feel like I know things they wouldn't understand about the world. It hurts sometimes that I have to hide my lack of belief, but just like it is not my place to trample on their beliefs, it is not their place to try to convert me. Which they would do. For the rest of my life. Maybe one day I can tell them. But I'm not there yet.
I hate to tell you, Jake but I'm 62 and they never stop. I had to move across the country.
No, they'll never get it.
They'll always think it's a phase. In my case, my family thinks I'm ignorant...
And the funny thing is that they don't understand one simple thing: we've been there. We know how the brainwashing works. They haven't been where we are. So who is really ignorant?
Exactly! but your case is much better than mine! my family is a muslim one and they became extremely aggressive when they found out that I am an atheist.. They fought with me, they slapped in the face lol and they expressed all of their extreme hatred towards me now!! they even think that satan is controlling my body and brain...They also say that they are waiting for the day to see my skin and bones melt in hell while they are there laughing at me! Welcome to the islamic world!!