This is a subject that is near and dear to my Heart. ♥
Relationships. As you can see, a relationship is built by taking the time to give attention to another, and this does not happen in short conversations necessarily.
David, you are in the most perfect place right now and what you are experiencing is a very natural process of walking one's faith step by step. Moving from adolescence into young adulthood. Blessings on your ongoing, continuing journey.
What you describe as wanting to learn is also known as pedogogy. The art and skill of teaching by example and demonstration. This can only be acquired by one's walking it out through practical experience. What you are already doing. The desire to be free of your parents is a natural part of the human progression to enter into maturity.
I myself, unlike Laura and Adrian, did not go to conventional college or university. I have gone the route of non-conventional learning and through experiencing first hand these 'lessons' being applied in my life, the 'book' learning came afterwards as an affirmation of what I was being taught that I was to teach in return. So, while you may go to this places of learning to gain knowledge, I highly encourage you to keep tucked within that it is through practical application that one gains the greatest understanding of knowledge, and the Wisdom to know how to use this knowledge to InSpire others.
What I do see here is something that was shown to me by my own brother regarding my wanting to be free of religion as was demonstrated to myself and family via my dad's mother. And that was, the fact that while I disagreed with her ideas very much, she was a Light, a spark that led me deeper into my quest for understanding the Spiritual nature of Life. She was the instigator. And for this, I am truly grateful. The same can be said to anyone whether a Christian = Catholicism, Baptist, or Hindu, Buddist, any other-ist. That is what these circumstances are for. To understand the 'teaching' that is being given to one and to be able to apply it as a part in the building of the stucture from which we walk upon, grow upon.
I feel that it is vitally important at this time, to give your parents what they may seem to be 'not' giving you at this time, (via conflict of interest) and that is, your assurance of your unwavering love and acceptance of them, even though you disagree with them and their lifestyle. Disagreements do not have to mean withholding Love from the one who disagrees. This is the perfect training ground for you in all matters of life and especially regarding the way you desire to 'eat' physcally. You will find a world of people who eat differently from you, yes, even ones who share in vegan and vegatarianism. There are many 'branches' of vegatarians... it is all about learning to love from an internal code of conduct and not by outward appearances. This comes from a genuine understanding of the divine principles of the Creation process. Truth.
Blessings to your dad, for while he worked hard and still does, I see his Heart's purpose in doing it. His view may be right now, that he has sacrificed his own desires to give you what he did not receive himself and that you are now moving away from him, his life is also changing...
This is the part I have shared is very difficult for most parents, letting our children go forth and make their own way, trusting that the seeds of divine greatness has been nourished enough to sustain them for life. You are ready to take wing. Parents go through a 'syndrome' known as the 'empty nest' syndrome. They have spent a very good portion of their lives doing and living for their children and for most parents, we lose sight of ourselves until that day comes and then it is being faced with taking a new step, heading in a new direction in an 'what am I going to do now' kind of way.
If verbal communication is strained, I am a great promoter of the idea known as 'prayer'. Close the door, lock yourself in and not your parents,
into your inner room and invite Divine Counsel to guide your parents into genuinely experiencing Peace about this situation and to give you Wisdom on how to bring it about in yours and your parents lives.
When speaking to Source-God, what I have experienced as response comes in the way of instruction. Truth. and it is up to me to follow it or not. And I have done it both ways. So, a tip for successful and consistent results (sometimes work is involved) is to follow the instructions that are flowing forth from the invisible field inside of you.
Work was never meant to be 'toil'. There are those of the Mind that it became toil when weeds were introduced into the Garden. Before this, Adam was working in the Garden as the tender of the Garden.
I love this forum and Adrian, for creating it out of the infinite field of potential and bringing it into materialization. Why? Because this forum is a testimony that all Spirituality and Life is based upon relationships and I InJoy the relationships I have and do experience here.
Namasté David, Laura, Everyone~
InLove most affectionate Light!
Hugs for everyone!