by Dave Duchene
(Allen Park, Michigan, United States)
My parents were drug addicts, my mother is not all there my dad was dishonorably discharged from the army.
I met the only person I could ever call mother at approximately 8, then watched her die at 10. That's when I became agnostic.
I was agnostic for 4 years then I became atheist because I discovered agnosticism was neither a religious nor political view so actually I guess I was atheist for 8 years.
I've hurt people, I've helped people, I've watched people rise and fall from all religions.
I've prayed and been left behind then I met my girlfriend who I love very much and I also enlisted in the marines.
I thought that would make me happy but it hasn't.
It's given me the ability to say "Hey! I've been places I've done stuff in my life and I've fought for you but that doesn't make me happy."
I thought it would give me some philosophical epiphany and realization of the world around me but it hasn't.
Now I'm here, and I've had enough of religions. I want to be accepted for what I am. I want to discover, experience and base my hypothesis on those results. I want to see what truth is for me
I have found Buddhism.