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"You're not obligated to be the way your parents want you to be."
Then maybe I wouldn't have been a closet atheist for six years....
I think many people wished they'd been told this & believed it, too! I'm glad to see you weigh in on this, because I always find your comments insightful, (or damned witty).
With the damage even well meaning parents can cause, I shudder to think what the abusive ones do. I can't help but think of what Woman China reminded me of -- the problems in Chinese society where the belief is ingrained in children that they owe their very existence to their parents & ancestors.They are nothing if not obligated to follow their parents' wishes.