Faith failed you, or saved you? Christian institutions and their Bible are unfaithful to their namesake.
Even if we start out with all good intentions, self improvement leads to the expectation that others should be improving themselves also.
We do NOT suck in air to breathe. Our tightened diaphragm makes space within us, and life-giving air flows in because of air pressure…at earth’s surface… Awareness works like that too…
If we “stop” at the stage of excising toxic people from our lives, won’t we again be a hardened mixture that’s “stuck”?
Religious idealism permeates even atheism in our culture, having conditioned us to value answers more than questioners.
Despite how desperately you wish to embody some ideal, you can’t. Logically, ideals cannot be fully embodied by ANYbody.
We are not mere thinking machines; we are feelers as well.