What do you mean by that? What would be an example of "imposing one's personal understanding on other people?"the word here is respect.. never impose your beliefs on somebody else... each man is entitled to have his/her own interpretation of God..
How was the Church (the Catholic Church?) a "social cage" for you?for me, i found God when i stopped believing in the church.. the church is only a worldly organization.. i found nothing divine in it... it was a social cage.. i am better person now than i was before when i was a church-lover.