I belong to a family that is characterized by being quite Post-modern. Talking about my parents, they do both participate in the public sphere. They both work in two separate domains, having consequently more freedom in the public sphere they encounter as a daily basis. For example, my mother works as a teacher, so she comes across mostly teachers and professors, and my father works as an architect, so he encounters mostly architects, without corrupting one another by endless phone calls or whatever. So Togetherness, which is the opposite of autonomy, is not really seen.
What I described before is how things go between my parents, but I did not yet talk about the situation between my parents and us, their children. Our freedom grows proportionally with our age. When we were young, we weren't restricted to communicate only to the family members. In school, we were free to meet and talk to whoever we want. Of course they do warn us of the bad persons we might encounter, but we were feeling comfortable. As we grew up, the relationship between us start to be friendlier. Trust is there, which I believe is one of the most important criteria that should exist within a relationship, happiness is there, everything is fine.
However, a criterion of togetherness was missing, which is the freedom of choice. Choices available to me were those that my parents provided me with. For example, one of my goals in my Life was, and still is, to become a Formula 1 racing driver, but unfortunately I wasn't able to achieve that, because my parents simply weren't able to assimilate the idea that I drive a "dangerous", fast car. I know it's too late now, but my dream is still to drive a Formula 1 car, at least before I pass away.
Anyway, my family is the most important and valuable thing I have in my life. It's the place where I feel the most safe and free to talk and to do whatever I want. My parents are open-minded, which make me more comfortable when talking to them. I have a great listener mother, a knowledgeable father and a "boost-mood" sister. They endorse me with huge care and love, which I am thankful for. In short, I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has a family, he is rich.
Also, I expect my family to stay next to me in my highs and lows, and to never leave me, it's the only thing I need. On the other hand, they expect me to become a brilliant doctor, which I hopefully will, not because they want me to, but because it's my second goal in my life. They also expect me to never break the trust between us, which I never will.
I am Muslim belonging to the Sunnites subgroup. However, my friends are a mixture of Sunnites, Shiites and Christians. I am an open minded person and I believe that whenever a logical practice is being held by other people, I must practice it as well. I do not restrict myself only to the beliefs Sunnites have. For example, Shiites practice Achoura, I go with my Shiites friends and attend their councils, and I listen to their thoughts and...