Recently, Megan Good, a famed actor, posted a video that ended up going viral on Twitter. The reactions to the video reveal so much about the ways societal views have shifted and continue to shift about a number of subjects from divorce to how we speak about God. Here are some of the most popular ideas shared and what they reveal about us.
No more fear
People appear to be far less afraid of God and the devil.
It appears we are as pro-divorce as ever. People were just welcoming her back to the streets and talking about how women just glow after divorce. Clearly, people are not as gung-ho about marriage and see no problem with it ending. If anything, divorce is met with celebration, no sadness.
The ways religion imposes limits and controls on women
People have become more open in their criticism of religion and the impact it has not just on society but on our individual lives. One of the key criticisms, especially when it comes to women is how controlling it is of women, requiring them to perform to gain acceptance instead of just accepting women as they are.
I’d never want my woman to tone down who she is for me. She clearly did that with the pastor https://t.co/T7wyNi9fBn
It wasn’t all support. Some people insisted she doesn’t belong to the church, others declared she had never been a Christian, to begin with. For some reason, religious people find it incredibly difficult to believe that people who were religious can leave. I think it stems from serious fear that if other people can ‘lose their faith’ so can they. That’s a scary thought for many religious people who believe in things like eternal damnation and hellfire. There’s this refusal to believe that people can change their minds and that’s a problem because changing our minds is a part of growing.
While divorce is sad and painful, it’s great that we’re no longer beholden to religious and patriarchal beliefs about marriage being ‘until death do us part’. Our decreased fear of God and the devil only signals great things about the progress we’re making and the future. A future with far less fear of the unknown, where people can be openly critical of what were previously sacred cows, all while being open to changing their minds. That’s a good future.