Sunday, December 20, 2009

Family Dynamics

When we talk about gnosis we're speaking of learning from sources around you and inside you. Books AND intuition meshed together with casual chats with the divine. It's impossible to consider gnosis a singular accomplishment of a single person. It takes contact with others in personal and business settings to help us shape opinions about what life is and means on this planet of ours.

We have caretakers when we are young and sometimes become caretakers of others when we are adults. We rely on and are relied upon in dozens of situations every day. We are all connected and we all communicate our desires and needs in one way or another. We are not islands unto ourselves in this vast universe.

To open the topic up for some brutal honesty I'm going to give you a very simple list of scenarios and ask your opinion concerning them.

Let's talk about family dynamics in religious thought. What do you think the chance of success would be for each of these couples?

An atheist and an evangelical?
A pagan and a Quaker?
A Baptist and a Mormon?
A growing gnostic and a non-denominational (but literalist) Christian?

Now add children to the equation.
  1. Who will teach those children about religion?
  2. How do you explain the intricacies in the differences of your and your spouses religious choices?
  3. Do you explain both religious beliefs and leave it up to your children to decide for themselves?
  4. Do you force the children to attend church functions?
  5. How do you choose which church of faith they will attend and how do you rationalize this choice?

The sets of couples I listed above would be classified as "blended families." Do you really think it's possible to raise children together in these scenarios let alone co-habitate as a happy couple? Any advice for those of us who are going through something similar?

Use the comments section to speak your mind.

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