Ok, I’m guess I’m going to hell. Let’s get that out of the way first thing. And here’s why. Because — and I know I touched on this in another post — I don’t like religious e-mail. I just don’t get it. I get this stuff from people that work in other departments, sometimes even other buildings. These people don’t know me at all. Yet they think it’s perfectly acceptable to send me these e-mails that dare me to not forward them, ask me to prove that I’m a Christian, beg me to please not break a prayer wheel. What are people thinking?

Let me get this straight. I have a spiritual side. I’m involved in my church. I am raising my children in the church. But these forwards are not coming from people associated with that part of my life. These people don’t have a clue about that part of me because I don’t share it. It’s personal. I did not become the person I am because it was on a list of things to do in order to be accepted by people I work with. And I’m not going to respond to an e-mail that asks if I am enough of a Christian to pass it on.

After 9-11, and again when we went to war, there were lots of prayer requests and inspirational messages circulating the internet. More recently, the same types of things have come in the wake of the back-to-back hurricanes. These are fine — to an extent. We all want to do what we can to make ourselves feel better about what others are going through, and passing along inspirational messages may or may not help that along. But people! Don’t mail your religion to me. Don’t dare me to prove myself. Don’t force your morality down my throat. As I said before, I am not who I am because of you, and I will not become what you are by forwarding your e-mails. I’ll bet if you had to put this stuff in an envelope and pay postage it suddenly wouldn’t be so important.

I realize that this is what “delete” is for. And I do delete the stuff without reading it. The internet has placed the whole world literally at our fingertips. It has provided us with countless opportunities to gain knowledge, be entertained, and go about our daily business with a degree of convenience never before experienced. But we have always had a responsibility as human beings to think before we act. Or didn’t you get that e-mail?

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