Date: 2012-10-06 11:43 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] coffeevore
coffeevore: Text written in paint: "You can only see as far as you think". (You can only see as far as you think.)
Oh wow, I honestly don't know the first thing about confirmation! So I also don't know how one might choose anything for confirmation related to Final Fantasy... Wikipedia has been no help either. :\

Ah! Well, a confirmation name is just... a name. In denominations that have them, or at least I guess in mine, you pick a name when you're being confirmed, and that's your name in the church. The general idea is that you're supposed to pick the name of a saint that inspires you, although there's not much said about what to pick if you're not inspired by any particular saint, and it's not exactly a hard-and-fast rule. It's supposed to be your spiritual name, and that's what gets put in the church register, rather than (or along with?) your legal name. And.. nobody ever really calls you that, unless you become clergy (that's why so many nuns are named things like Sister Mary Whatever, because they're going by some saint's name rather than/in addition to their legal name), but a lot of people consider it to be/use it as a second middle name, even though it's not legal or anything. I always kind of imagined (although I have no idea if this was dogmatically correct or not) that it was the name God would be using for you, if you were as much in the habit of talking to him via prayer as you were supposed to be. But when it came to choosing a name for who I wanted to symbolically imitate and look up to, instead of picking some name because of some inspiring saint's story or something, I picked the name of a FF character. Not one you'd guess right off the bat, but something less obvious, yet still relevant. (I don't want to post it in public, even though no one can actually trace me by it, because it feels awkward just throwing it out there in front of the whole world; but I can tell you by PM if you want.) It's technically a saint's name, so it counted, but I don't even know much about the official canonized saint-- the real inspiration was, obviously, from a much less official place. ;)

I remember the prospect of doing it wrong, in my church, being closely associated with the prospect of Eternal Damnation... :[ I never did anything in that church that betrayed any hint of how I felt about RPGs for that reason.

*nods* The church I went to wasn't bad at all, actually. I mean... you hear a lot of stuff about how Catholics are really strict, but my experience with them actually wasn't at all. It was far closer to "empty fluffy platitudes about how God will help everything work out great" than "hellfire and brimstone threats", and in those days politics just weren't mentioned much. So it was more like an empty waste of time than it was a source of any real bother. I tend to possibly say this a lot and repeat it a lot, but that's because I never want people to assume that all church experiences (even in very old and conservative-seeming denominations) are bad and scary, because when I was tiny I actually had some bad experiences being taken away from the religious context for my own good and put into a secular one, and in some respect I don't think I've ever completely recovered from the shock of being dumped against my will into a feral, fend-for-yourself secular public atmosphere.

I still had no damn idea whatsoever about this concept of the divine, and how one could truly find it. I don't know what could be done to aid people in finding it. Atheism was no help, obviously, but neither was much of any of the stuff that we were taught, strangely.

Me neither. My parents made me go to Sunday school for a very long time, and despite ostensibly studying all this stuff every week, I wasn't taught the first thing about actual divinity either. Nothing that we studied connected us with it or elucidated what we were looking for-- it was almost like an assumption that if we were there, we already knew what it was, and so nobody had to tell us. What we did cover was just a mix of dry facts about the history or ritual aspects, and clumsy attempts to "outreach" to kids about Teen Issues like Peer Pressure Vs. Integrity, all of which was irrelevant to kids who didn't have the core in place about what ritual was for or what to have integrity about. There wasn't any teaching that showed us how to experience, identify, or appreciate divinity; we were just expected and assumed to find that on our own. I think everyone just sort of assumed that you'd know it when you found it-- which could have been true if we didn't live in a society that tied it so strongly to certain preconceptions about where it belonges and what it's supposed to look like. But we do, and because of that, when people see it, they're really reticent to trust that that's actually what it is. For so many reasons, in so many ways.
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