Ahh, Hello! I'm here to share a personalish story.
1. i was completely against religions. ALL OF THEM.
2. i went to an event on islamophobia / religious intolerance and interfaith dialogue and discussion.
3. i came out of it a differentish person. i now respect religions and religious people lol
Alright so uhh how did this happen... My opinions against religion are sort of mixed with philosophy, nietzsche, existentialism, camus, etc... i pretty viewed religion as well... illogical, not rational, uhh not the best method to ask about and think about the meaning of life, values, ethics, etc...
I also thought of the conflicts between isreal and the islamic / arab world. and other religious conflicts and saw religion as something causing problems.
Anyways, after the event I went to, i realized that my logic / critical thinking was seriously flawed, and it still is, i shall work on that later, but uhh, i realized that it's more "humans do pretty shitty things" not "religion is inherently causing people to do shitty things" for example i thought of hitler and stalin and yeah, secular people have done pretty terrible things.
But along with this line of thinking, I realized that if islam, judaism, christian people can come together and be bros, i can too. i realized that, while there are crazy fundamentalists and etc... secular people also have legit and not so legit people. so then i thought about how while i still don't believe in god, souls, an afterlife, i am pretty similar to these people in the fact that we ask the questions of why are we alive and why is right and wrong and why is the meaning of living.
Anyways to wrap this up, I realized that while we all come from sort of different beliefs and values, the outcomes are the same or pretty close. We are all pretty good virtuous people living with integrity, thoughtfulness, and trying to do good.