Posted by: forquilombo | December 25, 2010

‘Tis The Season

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” -Edward Gibbon

Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Shinto, Sikhism, Bahai, Jainism

During this time of year (well, throughout the entire year actually) MANY people unconsciously, or knowingly, force their opinions and beliefs about their religious affirmations upon others whom might not share their same sentiments about their religion without a second thought. From the constant clinging of the Salvation Army recruit outside every local store to the imminent and nonchalant “Merry Christmas” mumbled or given in overenthusiastic form from various cashiers and sales persons, I am getting a little annoyed by it to say the least. I am not against a person celebrating their beliefs in whatever way they feel free to do but I am getting a little tired of having my own belief (or disbelief) casually ignored or ignorantly opposed.

“I believe in God, only I spell it N-a-t-u-r-e.” -Frank Lloyd Wright

I find it AMAZING how in this day and age so many people still feel the need to “speak” for their “god(s)” yet their “god(s)” remain silent. Where is “god” when countless lives are wasted EVERYDAY for no rhyme or reason? I do not subscribe to the notion that it was “god’s will” or some other ism professed by religious zealots to justify bad things happening to other people. Likewise, I do not see the ability to wake up each morning to another day as PROOF of the existence of a “god.” Did not Hitler awake each morning until his demise as well? The way I truly see it is like this: maybe, just maybe, if we as individuals spent more time really trying to appreciate each passing day; if we really, really tried to get past our own flaws, shortfalls, ills, and self-criticisms; if we really, really, really tried to open up to the idea of actually getting to know another fellow human being before pre-judging or stereotyping before giving them a chance to show you their character; if each and every one of us made an effort to take responsibility for OUR own lives and actions, if we all agreed to strive to do a little better tomorrow than we did today or yesterday, maybe many of us will no longer have the compelling need to have a divine protagonist to hide behind, serve, and keep not only ourselves in check, but also those we feel are a threat to our dealing with our own fears as well.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

In all honesty I really don’t mean to come across as dismissive towards another individual’s motivations and inner thoughts but the majority of the people I come across on a daily basis has no problem whatsoever falling into the category I am ranting about. At the end of the day it is what it is and I guess I just have to deal with it! But can you at least try to take the next person’s feelings into consideration, please?!? Just a thought!

“It’s an incredible con job when you think about it, to believe something now in exchange for something after death. Even corporations with their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous.” -Gloria Steinem

Will they ever do what the essence of their doctrines profess?

Or will they continue to allow us to destroy each other in the name of...

“Faith means not wanting to know what is true.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

*steps off soapbox to receive criticism*

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Responses

  1. Love it a man (I think) of my own heart. I think we have a lot in common. You sound as though you are tired of being tired. I recommend you check out revolutionNOW.org.uk. It’s a site for people just like us, who want to do something, effective and not just bitch (lol). Also read my post Ho Ho Ho. I’m sure it’ll make you laugh. Help you get over those xmas blues. 🙂


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