September 17, 2012
I'm not sure I had a moment when I stopped believing in God but I certainly never felt comfortable with organized religion. I remember thinking it was all nonsense, even as a child, which certainly created conflict with my immigrant Orthodox Jewish parents. My sense of it is that God resides within us and is the good parent who listens without judging. Sorry if this puts me at odds with some of you but it's how I've managed my life. To think that the tender part of us, the rational and noble part of us can listen and be supportive with our inner questions and turmoil is comforting and empowering.
I'm a writer and university professor. My books are mainly on mental health issues but I also write about the workplace, specifically worker unhappiness and burnout. I come from a labor background and grew up in a working class home North Dakota.