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August 21, 2005



Hi Aliza,

You're the first person to describe the attacks I have and I wanted to let you know that you're not alone. When I was young I used to be a Jehovah's Witness. I remember briefly feeling a sort of comfort from prayer and from my beliefs, that their explanations of the Bible gave me something to believe in (they believe people will be resurrected, as themselves to a cleansed new earth). :) Anyhow, once I grew older and the blinds were taken off my eyes I realized that it was just fear of death that made people hang on to their beliefs. There were too many inconsistencies and a lot of guilt put on those who didn't tow the line (preaching and teaching). Over the years, lack of faith in God has been something that is slowing starting to make me feel better about death. I feel more open to possibilities for an afterlife, but of course, I think it's partly just me looking for a way to avoid the inevitable. Well, I hope you continue writing and sharing your work. I've been reading your work for awhile now, seems like ever since I got online. Life may be brief, but we'll probably never know just how many people we touch while we're here.


Anne - thank you for taking the time to comment about this. It is still so amazing to me that anyone reads anything I've published online. And the fact that you can relate - especially to this very personal post - is a testament to how connected and similar we all truly are. I really appreciate your feedback.


I don't know if you've ever thought of it this way, but you're probably closer to God in the way that you want to "live a good life, be kind to ourselves and others and be open to the world around us" than the people who say they are close to God but spend more of their time hell-bent on converting people than just loving them.

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