Religion and Open-Mindedness

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Religion is a touchy subject. There are so many dos and don’ts when it comes to talking about it that it is often hard to know where to begin. Religion is such a big part of human life that we cannot ignore the impact it has—both the good and the bad.

Now, I am not here to say that religion is inherently good or bad. I don’t mean to offend anyone. Personally, I am agnostic, but I know there are plenty of people out there who find love, faith, security, and peace in their religion. My purpose with this article is to simply remind you to keep an open mind.

Some of us have been conditioned to think certain things about certain religions and the people that believe in them. Sometimes those things are good and sometimes they are bad, but, as the saying goes, you cannot judge a book by its cover. One part does not make a whole. You can have a horrible experience with someone from a specific religion and the next day a wonderful one. The same goes with any organization, culture, country, etc. One piece of evidence does not prove a hypothesis.

Try to remember that whenever you are tempted to make judgments about something based on limited knowledge. There is good and bad in everything and it is harmful to make assumptions not only to others, but also to yourself. By keeping an open mind, you allow yourself the room to be a kinder and more welcoming person. By being aware and receptive to new opinions, you can help make the world a better place.