My dad found out what Hanukkah candles mean, and how the ritual goes. He told me the story, but I didn't find it very cute for some reason. I said I didn't believe in religion because it's a way of dominating people. Finding meaning in common stories and symbols bind people together - so do common enemies. I gave women's rights as an example of a fundamental flaw in religions. If religions were the real thing, they would have pointed to universal truths, truths that stand the test of time.
But then I thought, if God gave us all the right answers, S/he would be insulting our intelligence.
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