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How religion brings us together

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I grew up in a Hindu family with an open mind about religion. I identify as agnostic, but learning about different religions and practices, especially at a school as diverse as FHS, taught me to appreciate the multifaceted ways belief  is defined from person to person. Above all, I learned how religious diversity can strengthen our relationships with people with from different backgrounds.

Each individual’s relationships with religion are unique. Our families, values and environments we have grown up in have had an impact on the way we engage with them. Of course, history has had its impacts on the many relationships between religious groups. With many different religions and various forms of faith and practices, diversity within religious practices continues to expand. Today, according to Pew Research, there are over 4000 existing religions, along with over 80% of the population practicing religious beliefs. 

The largest benefit that comes with cultivating relationships with people from other religions is gaining empathy. The ability to explore different religious traditions opens our minds to the different aspects of beliefs. Religions started as a way to create unity and explanations for the purpose of our existence. With society operating upon the common trait of possessing different beliefs, it gives us a way to unite with others similar and different to us. 

Maintaining respect for those who practice different religious traditions is crucial. The ability to interpret and freely practice one’s beliefs is a right for all individuals — there is no “right or wrong” when it comes to exercising what religion means to you. Sharing values and creating connections with others through exercising faith can allow you to increase your perspectives and change your relationship with religion.

More often than not, there will be religious practices that you do not agree with depending on the environment you were a part of. People’s stances on their religion(s) change throughout their lives. Whether it is consistently attending religious events, praying or deciding they do not identify with a specific religion, these choices can change with time and situations. It is critical to remember that religion does not define a person’s character or how they act. Being surrounded by individuals with different relationships and views on religion provides many opportunities to connect with new and diverse people, prompting meaningful conversations about faith.

Each person’s relationships with religion come in unique forms. By practicing being open-minded and having a willingness to learn, it will benefit you, your peers and future generations of diverse people. 

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Shivani Mudhol, Opinion Editor
Shivani Mudhol is a senior and one of the Opinion Editors of the Phoenix. Unfortunately, when she had to think about what to write for this bio, she realized she's a lot less interesting than she thought she was. Nevertheless, in her rare free time, she enjoys writing, baking bread, and singing random songs alone in her room. Normally, you can also find her either in a club meeting or listening to Spotify 24/7.

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