How Much do Supposed Different Religious Beliefs Really Affect Typical Lifestyles?

How Much do Supposed Different Religious Beliefs Really Affect Typical Lifestyles?

A religion is a set of organized beliefs about creation, a possible God (or more), and a possible afterlife. Why do certain people have religions? A person may have been raised having been taught certain beliefs by his or her parents, and the person might choose to carry on those beliefs. Some may view religion as something more of a tradition than a lifestyle. For instance, this type of person attends a “service” or gathering, and then just goes back home violating the very beliefs he or she “proclaimed” to have had. It’s a VERY common thing.

Loyalty to one’s so-called belief system is not something very common, at least in the United States. It consists more of people who are religious by word of mouth ONLY. One of the biggest jokes is seeing someone who violates their own so-called belief system on a continuous basis trying to “convert” someone else to that so-called belief system.

If somebody worshiped the sun, for instance, but then proclaimed hatred towards the sun the upcoming minute, it’s a perfect example of the typical current-day “church-goer”. If a person told you he was an elephant, you would undoubtedly deem that person crazy. What sense does it make to claim you’re part of a certain belief system if your lifestyle does not back it up?

If you are not religious, don’t claim to be; otherwise you’re just misrepresenting a certain belief system as well as making yourself look like a hypocrite. It really takes no effort at all for somebody to not claim he or she is of a certain belief system of which the person is not.

Certain people may think that religion itself consists only of rituals, but what they don’t seem to understand is that it’s supposed to be a lifestyle. Perhaps the reason many “service-goers” can be seen is because they are trying to put up a moral front, and “disguise” for their true character. What actually doesn’t make any sense at all, is if a person is not religious, why the person would waste his or her own time on at least a weekly basis. It’d obviously be a lot easier for the person to instead do something far more congruent with his or her lifestyle. Lots of typical “church-goers” would probably deem it crazy and outrageous to do anything close to what the martyrs in their history did. If their personal possessions were taken from them, they would most likely curse their so-called “God”.

I’m Paul Vrabel, and write about topics that may be of some interest to me. Check this out!

Reading Romeo and Juliet and Romeo Juliet quotes as a story of typical teen and parent tension

Reading Romeo and Juliet and Romeo Juliet quotes as a story of typical teen and parent tension

Will Smith was right: sometimes parents just don’t understand. Of course, he said that before he himself was a parent of Karate Kid Jayden and Whip-My-Hair Willow, but we digress. Parental misunderstanding is a common angst-ridden teen’s complaint, but it is a complaint that is well founded. Chalk it up to hormones, generation gaps or just pure angst a la Catcher in The Rye rebellion. It’s still a truth that parents, kids, psychiatrists and even fancy pants neuroscientists find undeniable.

Besides The Fresh Prince, another famous wordsmith named Will also understood the disconnects between parents and their pubescent progeny. Of course, we’re talking about the bard himself, Will Shakespeare. Shakespeare, a perennial favorite among high school English teachers, appreciated young adults that were in conflict with the wishes and expectations of their parents. Heck, he capitalized on that tension by turning it into classic tragedies. Of course, the ultimate story of parents not understanding is his iconic masterpiece Romeo and Juliet. Talk about family conflicts! A play about two star-crossed 13-year-olds from feuding families, who despite their obligations to their parents, pursue their love and get hitched. Of course, as everyone knows, it wasn’t happily ever after. Both die by suicide after when an impetuous and preoccupied Romeo misses a simple message, a type of problem that probably wouldn’t exist today with all the Twittering and texting going on. If only Romeo and Juliet was 400 something years later, we’d have a completely different story.

The cause of Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy, of course, is their parents and families. Montague and Capulets might as well be the Bloods and the Crypts for the two teenaged lovers. What’s more, Juliet’s parents are trying to get her to marry someone else, threatening to disown her if she does not. Alas, her heart lies with Romeo, whose name alone causes her much pain, as evidenced in one of the the oft-recited Romeo and Juliet quotes from the famous balcony scene, “Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Shakespeare’s sympathies clearly lie with the two lovers and their tragic ends, while showing the parents to be unforgiving and unyielding people who are largely to blame for their children’s suicides. Perhaps that is why Romeo and Juliet, besides its relative ease and accessibility, is often high school-ers first experience with Shakespeare because it speaks to their frustration of what they consider tyrannical parents. Of course, it could also show angst-y teens that issues over curfews and grades are small potatoes compared to what Romeo and Juliet faced. Nonetheless, the parents are cast as the unintentional villains of the play, with their grudges imposed on their children causing them not only strife but ultimately grief. The parents do not know or could not even understand Romeo and Juliet’s love that was so explicitly forbidden. Their demand for hate over love is the ultimate example of parent’s just not understanding.

Paul Thomson is an avid reader of English Literature. His areas of expertise include Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet quotes and Catcher in the Rye. In his spare time, he loves to participate in online literature forums and promote reading for youth.

Related Replicant Urbanism Articles