I sort of believe you are who you think you are and you are who you act. If you always think negative things, then you'll be susceptible to notice more negative things, and therefore become a more negative person overall. That's why people do yoga and have positive mantra's and do things like meditation. It's to achieve inner wellness and to wire your mind positively so you experience a more positive life. It's also positive for you to do positive things around you --- helping others in need while NOT enabling them. So many people confuse enabling with help. Giving a homeless man $5 is not help. Asking a homeless man if he needs any supplies or warm clothes or a place to stay, and trying to get them off the streets or arrange for actual assistance is help. They are homeless and all the money in the world wouldn't help them become not homeless, they need actual social help. Sometimes it's hard to wash your mind of negative things and you let it dwell up and we just become these self-destructive entities that doom and gloom inherently follows. So I suppose that's more of a spirituality thing than it is a religious thing. There's so many people in the spirituality sect that it kind of seems like a religion sometimes but also, it's not. Hard to explain if that makes sense. But, there are still some of the wild ones that also seem to be a little nutty. Nothing wrong with that.I respect your opinion and your right to provide it openly without consequence or backlash for I believe it is a part of our social cognitive evolution.
I was raised or at least tried to been raised Christian. I was curious and had questions. Most of those were met with blanket statements or answers that required undying faith to accept rather than actual evidence or known truth. Maybe it's how my brain was wired at birth, I don't know... but I could never just accept answers of "because". For example, why is the sky blue? They would say just because it is. Now we know it's Rayleigh scattering which has to do with how light from our star interacts with the gasses that comprise our atmosphere at certain angles. Back then I didn't know that, but I could at least observe that the sky was blue and wait for modern science to catch up and give us an answer. Anything to do with religion seemed faux to me. I've come to understand in my own opinion... that all religions have stemmed from a base truth due to some similarities they ALL share. The simple fact they are different religions is that over time due to regional differences of people and their culture, they evolved each religion into their own adaptation. Indian religion is fascinating in that it includes multiple gods to appeal to multiple types of people. All gods are considered all powerful, which allows each individual to pick a favorite god they prefer to worship as the all powerful god. It doesn't make any one of their gods more or less powerful than the other so it's an all inclusive religion. That's why Buddhism is worldwide - a collectively larger religion than Christianity. If I was raised Hindu I very well could be a religious person today. Since they tried to raise me Christian and failed to convince me of their doctrines as fact, I chose to believe in nothing and therefore reject religion as something to put blind faith into. I don't actually believe in the after life or heaven or hell. If you are a genuinely nice person, good things will happen for you. If you are bad or evil, things can catch up to you. Not always, but generally speaking they do. Mostly due to you slipping up because you think you're invincible after committing 100 crimes and not getting caught. Ultimately it is the goal of religion to provide a guideline of a good life - but has been also used as a method of control over people, and of a method to illicitly filter and/or obtain funds. There are a lot of scary dark corners in religion, especially the old Catholics and boy... it's downright cultish and sadistically evil, not unlike what people would contribute to satanists or witches. I'm also close to people that undoubtedly live by the bible, and are extremely religious to the point they believe the stories of the talking snake and Adam and Eve. I mean... really, all humans stemmed from Adam and Eve? That means we're all products of eventual incest as their children would mate with one another to continue to the blood line. Gross. Not to mention the implied incest since Eve was derived from the rib of Adam.
So while I do respect your rights and opinions, I must also notify you that your argument seems foolish. I only dismissed religion at the end - so to dismiss everything I said simply because of that, is erroneous in and of itself. To me, it would be equivocal to say that you dismiss my thoughts or opinions because of the color of my skin. However, I'm still interested in yours, so I encourage rebuttal.