Wow, Duskmelt -- I really appreciate your insight. And at 18 years old...that is wonderful. I went to a really backwards college but had the good fortune of a few very wise teachers there. One of them told me, "We are not always born into our true communities." This sounds like the case for you. It is weird to realize you're not like your family...that your beliefs can be totally different (and more enlightened). Sometimes children are born to teach their parents (and not the other way 'round)!
No, really, I'm not tense. Just terribly, terribly...ALERT.