I remember when I was four or five and in kindergarten, I had this friend, Erica, who was a Christian. Nothing special; most of my friends were probably Christians in the sense that their parents had said "you are Christian."♦ Even then I realized the sanctity of the earth and nature, and I did not relish the idea of humans as the masters of the world. One day (or over the course of a few days) we had a discussion involving the Christian god♥, my Mother earth (reminiscent of Native American religions), and the creation of the earth and humankind. I was still willing to "play nice" with Christians at that point, as she was willing to with me; also important to note is that I had not defined myself as anything other than Christian at that point, although I did not see myself as one of that religion and did not follow its tenets (church, prayer, etc). Erica and I eventually decided that my Mother had made the earth, including the land, the oceans, and all the animals and plants, and that her god had made the humans. I would have to say I got the better deal. My personal feelings aside, I find it interesting that we would compromise so, and I am extremely curious as to how we would deal with it now. Perhaps that is the mindset that I seek to return to.
I don't want to hate people just because of what they believe; that in itself is sort of against my ideas. I don't want to have a double standard and think myself and my faith above criticism. But that is the direction that I find myself moving in; I think that conservative Christians are so idiotic for believing such ridiculous fairytales as the bible, but I believe things that could be described as "fanciful" and "ludicrous."
The key for me is to be humble; nothing and no one is above the scrutiny of the living, and so I should be used to being tossed aside like so much ridiculous trash. As long as I can think they're morons; but then I am in danger of falling into that trap of the double standard… I do hate the double standard, and Christians (and really most recognized religions, especially the monotheistic ones) are shameless perpetrators of this hubris.♣
♦ I also remember asking my mother, and my friends asking their mothers, "What are we?" As in, what religion are we? This in itself is utter folly, because any faith or religion must be reached by yourself, in my opinion. Religion is totally your own, so children having religion is ridiculous.
♥ You will never see me call the Judeo-Christian deity "God" because I am insulted by the inference that he is the only god. Being a polytheist of a sort I recognize the existence of many divine forces, though I may not recognize their sovereignty. Hence my use of "JCgod."
♣ Hubris is commonly used to describe a mortal who thinks he is equal to a god, but I propose that it also describes religions/faiths and followers of religions/faiths that consider themselves above other religions/faiths, or, more importantly, consider themselves above scrutiny. No thing in the universe is above scrutiny.