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Does your POV ever make you feel lonely because you can't share it with the people you know?

The message at church this week was more of an open forum, where the speaker read an article and then asked everyone to chime in with what they thought before he shared his own thoughts. I attend a small non-dom Sabbath keeping Christian group, and the article was on homosexuality and Obama's endorsement of it... so I don't need to tell you what most of the opinions were. And most of the opinions were not my opinion, but this question isn't about that.

I got up and walked out mid share session because I couldn't handle the negativity. I went outside and lay down in the sun and just kind of let my mind drift while I waited for the service to be over. And it struck me, how very lonely it is to be a part of a group in which I can't share some of my views. I mean, I could of course, but I won't because I know what the reactions would be. And it's an especially sharp loneliness because I've known most of the people in that congregation my whole life.

I'm moving out of state soon (within a few weeks) so hopefully I'll be able to find a group of people (not necessarily a church) who are more open minded and like minded. But I was wondering if anyone else has felt this and how did you deal with it?

I also just want to point out, I'm not a lonely person. I fully appreciate the difference between being alone and being lonely. And except for this particular instance I very much feel like I'm part of that group.

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