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brighterstill's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by brighterstill

I admit first that I am idealizing you a bit, in that I can't help but see you as a lone warrior for reason and sanity in a cruel grinding system of self-righteous corruption. I would like to believe that if I were in your place, I would put their religious criterion to shame by volunteering with a secular charity - and declare so proudly on the applications - considering a dollar donated to Doctors Without Borders does more good than a decade spent in Mass. Realistically, you are a human being with goals and aspirations which are limited by the society you've been born into. It may turn out that you can do more good for the world by telling them what they want to hear, if that is the only way to open the doors to success where you live. If you can dismiss such small hypocrisy (or lesser evil, as they say) then you might get easily to where you're going. If that's the sort of thing that keeps you up at night, however, then you're a better person than most. I would love to tell you that this is the sort of world where the kind of noble honesty is rewarded, but in my experience it isn't and you may find that you've shot yourself in the foot. I wish I knew enough about exactly your circumstances to predict which choice would result in the optimum outcome, but I was extremely lucky to grow up where religion was a hobby rather than a matter of public record. So in the end, while I would love you forever if you chose to stand up to their nonsense and declare your dismissal of all supernatural mumbo-jumbo, and while it would substantially restore my faith in America if you were rewarded for that declaration, I have a feeling that right now it would hurt you more than help you and I would rather see you regret the little lie, knowing it was a step to get you to bigger and better things, than regret telling the truth if it meant holding you back from your dreams.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 03:15:35 UTC | #949964