Today on Twitter a good friend asked, "Why does me not wanting to believe in any god or fly my country's flag anger people? I don't care if they do..."
It got me thinking about the black and white belief systems presented to me as a child. For example, I was told, very seriously, that if I ever set foot in a Protestant church, I would be damned to hell. Seems a bit harsh, eh? I was told that there was only one way to live, and that was as a devout Catholic. Anyone else was damned. Seemed absurd to me, so I left that church when I was old enough to be in control of my own actions.
It is not only the catholics who promulgate that sort of idea, it is pervasive.
A lot of us believe, secretly or openly, that "my country is the best, the rest are no good at all"; "my religion is the only true religion"; "my way of eating is the only correct way to eat"; "my children are good, the others are bad"; "my sexual preference is the right one for everyone"; "my gender is good and the other gender is evil"; "my political party (or system) is good, the others are evil and should be annihilated".
Now that we live in a very closely connected world, these sorts of beliefs are being challenged on a daily basis. Thank you, dear Universe!