Okay, so recently I have been getting over being sick (bad congestion), and I changed my mind over two things. One, beforehand I viewed agnosticism as the only intellectually honest approach to religion although I was atheist leaning. That changed, simply because the personal need for a higher power was just too great. It was more of an emotional change than a rational change.
Secondly, in reference to the Shabbat, I now feel that being able to shut down one's self to the maximum amount possible before falling asleep for an extended period of time is just as important to one's health as anything else important to one's health.
(I changed in a third way also, I am finished with soda, Burger King and McDonalds, I was having these things on a rather regular basis ... and if I go back to them its gonna disarm me and I am going to be right back where I started -.- )
Do not take this as all of a sudden me agreeing with everything orthodoxy says. lol, far from it. I will not join a society in which talking to girls is discouraged. I will not join a society in which jeans are not allowed in schools (that's just stupid). These are among my issues with orthodoxy, among others, but for the sake of brevity I shall save them for other posts.
Basically the orthodox gotta understand- if they want "paloni ha-cheloni" to join their society then its the orthodox that gotta do the changing and the convincing ... not vice versa.
In other words, if secular people are saying that orthodoxy is simply too strict (which I would imagine is exactly how many of us feel), then its the orthodox that gotta take heed of these concerns if they wish to mekaraiv us.