I just spent the weekend at a friends beach house along with his girlfriend. His whole extended family were in and out the whole time. Mostly the grill ran constantly and the beer tap on the counter flowed pretty freely. We sat around talking and basically relaxing from our everyday lives. We spent hours on the beach maybe 15 people all just enjoying the weekend and the sun. Some were with significant others some weren’t. Now I’ve kinda felt for a while that religion is bullshit, but being in a normal setting for a few days really reinforced that. We were all just sitting around and talking and it hit me. What the hell is wrong with a bunch of people just enjoying being together?? What’s wrong?
It was the classic all American weekend- what with the Uncle Joeys, the dog, the cheeseburgers, eggs bacon and cheese and hot chicks. (bacon btw is awesome!) And you know what? IT FELT RIGHT. There was no pressure to get up and go to shul. No pressure to go learn. Just vacation. This one apparently has sex in the shower and the hosts heard and thought it was their daughter. Big deal. No one mentioned it twice. Why should they? Who the hell made up rules about random shit??
A few months ago, had you asked me about my views on religion I would’ve said “I believe in the whole thing. However I don’t give a shit about it. Now to justify doing the ‘wrong’ thing I say to myself that based on the level of ‘I don’t give a shit’ certain things start making no sense. For example married women wearing a wig. It’s seems ridiculous. Now I’m sure if I search for an answer beyond the obvious ‘It’s to prevent other men from staring at her hair and being turned on’ I can be satisfied with it.”
That basically was my mindset. I don’t give a shit. Recently I think it’s more of I don’t believe anymore. I just believed because I was brainwashed to do so. But I don’t honestly believe that I’m going to hell because I went to the city on Saturday. As a non Jewish friend of mine joked when he I told him the $1,100 linen suit he was wearing can’t be worn by religious Jews as it was mixed with wool, “Oh so if you sin you go to hell but if you wear my suit, damn you gonna go to EPIC HELL! The point was it’s comical. It’s wrong to wear a linen and wool suit? WTF?!
A fe weeks ago i went with a formerly religious friend to NYC on a nice Saturday afternoon and had an awesome meal at a great restaurant in Midtown. I had some 3 courses along with some red wine. My family was back home singing songs around the shabbat table or doing whatever one does on a Shabbat afternoon, and here I was just like any other day, in NYC eating filet mignion at some random spot. It felt so normal, so liberating to be able to walk into a restaurant at any time and just eat. Never mind kosher and never mind Shabbat. Once you get out of the Brooklyn bubble of everything is right because it is, you realize that Saturday is just another day. And bacon is just food. It’s 2010. Get with the goddam program.
The moral of the story is I believe in religion. It’s called be happy and be a good person.