I hope that your story reaches across the great divide to those still caught in the warm embrace of willful ignorance. We don’t really have time for this kind of thing anymore. We are challenged and may die in large numbers within several decades partially, at least, because of this type of ignorance.
It struck me after reading the comments that I had ignored my own youth. I was taught that only creationism was true and the world was only six thousand years old. This made me stop and think back for the first time in many decades about that point of realization that what I was taught was wrong. For me it was the discovery of a dark room in the school basement that was filled with books. The room was really used for anything but I found several high school science textbooks. At recess and lunch time sometimes I would go down to that room and read.
Now I work to control my anger at these disappearing religions. All it took was the wonder of real science and the universe exploded for me at fourteen. I know I struggled with family and community and myself for another ten or more years before the the anxiety and anger was put to rest. What an incredible and pointless waste of energy in dealing with lies and ignorance.
No one should have to experience that as a child.