After almost two years of studying anthropology intensively, I've come to a realization: I'm really, really uncomfortable with religion and ritual, to the point of even avoiding lectures about them. I've spent very little time in churches, and of course there are few rituals in American society that happen outside of church. The time I have spent was largely forced, in a primitivist Pentacostal sect of the early 1980s - not really a comfortable environment to become comfortable with the idea, particularly as a child. Personally, I'm an atheist, adopting a Stoic sort of life-philosophy rather than a religion. However, I do feel like church attendance would be helpful for becoming more flexible in regard to ritual and religion and perhaps gain a better understanding of it. Not a really high-ritual sort of church, but maybe the local unitarian congregation. Would this be productive? I'm not sure. Still thinking about it. Hmm.