Dating Advice for Men NEWSLETTER - 6-27-2005:
LOSING YOUR RELIGION
I understand you were raised from a catholic upbringing. I am 19 yrs old, about
to enter college and have been studying social dynamics/ dating for quite sometime
now, I have changed my perspectives and beliefts towards the subject of sex.
Don't get me wrong, I still believe in God and very much a highly spiritual person.
But I tend to have these weird sexual guilt sometimes, perhaps it's from the
years and years of brainwashing and social conditioning I received from my parents
and every non believers out there. I also still have friends that tries to make
me guilty everytime I talk about sex and comment about a hot chick. They call
me a " perve" , " a horny filipino" , a " man whore" and I also have friends
that are religious and probably knows I'm not that religious by my laidback attitude
towards sex by trying to convert me by telling me to stop my " raw desires" or
I will burn in the fires of hell.
Plus, it's also my family, my parents keep preaching to me about Pre-marital
sex and plus my sister is always trying to hook me up w/ these nerdy girls...lol.
Now my question is, I really want to get my innergame together and stop feeling
all these guilt that I would sometimes feel when it comes to chicks, what are
some good ways to do that? How can I change my social environment and be cool
about it w/ my catholic community?
Yes, I've been a Catholic, as well as a great many other things in my day.
I realize that by bringing this up, I'm risking losing people, but I think the
smart guys will know where I'm coming from.
When I cover this topic I am walking on very emotionally charged ground. People
are VERY sensitive to their religious and spiritual beliefs, because they really
are the foundation of our life. If we have no grounding, we wander aimlessly,
wondering whether it's all worth it or not.
The one thing that has served me most is that you need to understand that RELIGION
is a man-made thing. It is not NATURAL. We are imposing a man-made order on something
that is beyond us to control or understand.
And, unfortunately, most religions over time have made it all about POWER.
Power over the people.
If you control what someone holds as their fundamental principle in life, you
That's what we see in many religious doctrines.
That's why I no longer subscribe to any "religion." I am very spiritual, but
I just don't believe it's in our ability to even comprehend the nature of God.
Or whatever you believe is the spiritual force in the universe.
So I decided that, even though I was very comfortable with the church (and that
comfort really mean that I wasn't growing, I was just clinging to outdated beliefs)
that I could no longer hang with my home boys of the Cloth. I had to move on
So I dabbled in other religions. And they promised much, delivering only one
thing. (And this is actually a valuable benefit of religion. )
A sense of belonging and community.
But sometimes even that can even be twisted to dark designs. Look at David Koresh,
or any of the cult leaders from the past.
The thing I learned to watch out for is when you are told that you will be punished
for NOT believing what they tell you to believe and do. That's
false and manipulative. I believe that any God that had the power to create is
also smart enough to know that I'm still a good person, even if I didn't make
it down for the communion wafer this week.
I also watch out for BLACK & WHITE thinking. You know, the kind that says
that if you don't believe EVERYTHING this person/book/church/etc. has
to say, then you can't be a part of their group. (Funny how this is the way most
every religion works.)
So I won't even pretend to advise anyone on their beliefs, even though mine are
pretty obvious. But you can reconcile your understanding like this:
THINK FOR YOURSELF.
The one thing every organization based in power fears most is that the people
will think for themselves. They will become intelligent and see through the lies
that there is really more to the picture than they were led to believe.
So if your friends tell you to watch out for pre-marital sex, well that's a decision
you'll just have to make for yourself. If you decide to follow it, congratulations
for standing behind something you believe in.
But get educated FIRST. THEN decide. Not the other way around.
It sounds like you made up your mind that there are things that you don't agree
with about your church. That you know there are ways to attract women you want.
Great, now decide what you're going to do with that.
Are you going to live in fear of discovery? That's going to be much more painful
to you because you will be running around fearing that you're doing something
WRONG. And that you're going to get PUNISHED for it. And that you'll LOSE APPROVAL
FROM YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS for it.
And that right there is enough to keep 95% of the people following the religions
they were born with.
All of those things, by the way, are based on FEAR.
The other motivator in life is DESIRE. Which, funny enough, is another tool of
deception for many. If you can make someone fear their own desires, such as for
sexual gratification, then you TOTALLY CONTROL THEM.
Wow, heavy stuff, huh?
I don't like being this heavy, so I'll just say this:
You can't get your game together if you're undermining your own self-confidence
by believing you could be WRONG and you might be PUNISHED for it.
So get past that as fast as you can. Make up your mind that you won't be manipulated.
Make up your mind that you'll think for yourself, and you'll believe what you
believe because you CHOOSE to believe it, not because someone told you
you MUST believe it.
And keep your mind OPEN. Never become one of those people that closes off all
paths, because then you'll be no better than the people who lock you into their
Don't live in the middle ground of guilt and uncertainty, because that's really
what hell's all about. The hell of other people's opinions and judgments.
And the hell of being in a place where you never live your life to the fullest.
Or the hell of worrying that you'll end up at the end of your life having made
the wrong choice, and then never making any choices as a result.
In the immortal words from Braveheart: "Every man dies
- but not every man truly lives."
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