I was reading a couple of comments over the last few days that really kind of got my gears going. As we all know the basics of the bible, and the story of Adam and Eve, the disciples, and whatnot, I want everyone to be sure this is NOT about that. This is about something different. This is going to probably make some people angry, edgy, what-have-you, but the intent is to make people see a possible other side to the "religion wars" that seem to be taking everyone and everything by storm. I am going to apologize in advance to anyone I may offend, this is not the intent. My apologies!
So, here goes: I find it more comforting to believe in something, and so do many more other people. It makes us feel whole and complete, and know that there is a basis for our lives. I think that is something that everyone that has a belief in something can agree with, regardless of who or what it is that we believe in. I think we can all agree that it makes us feel like there is a reason to live this life with a bit of grace. A bit of thanks for it all. And be happy with the fact that we are going die. Its nice to believe we will see some of the people we have lost, and find some answers to the questions we will never know in this life. I think we can all agree that it makes many of us behave a bit more, as well.
I know that most Atheists believe in themselves. They are the power behind whatever happens to them. Am I right on that? This is just what I have taken from what I have read. There is nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all, and I believe that people do need to believe in themselves. Thats part of the problem in the world today. A lack of belief in oneself.
The biggest issue I see between people who do believe and those who do not is the "its a fairy tail, and you should know better" vs. "pride in my belief". Am I wrong? Those who do not believe, even when they dont mean to, tend to belittle those who do. Those who do believe tend to get worked up about their belief, and over do it, pushing the problem further into a heated conversation that makes the whole thing pointless, really. Also belittling the person that does not believe without even knowing it, in their own way. Making the person who doesn't believe feel like they are beneath them in some moral sense. (these are only my observations)
I was told the other day "ALL Christians, even the peaceful ones, are violent." This kind of hit me hard. Sorry, it did. I know that is not true. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that is not true. I have also been told that all atheists are cold and soulless. I know that is not true, I have met many very cool, sweet, caring atheists. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that isn't true. So, we have the stereotyping of the whole thing, which means everyone in this country is being stereotyped based on religion without even knowing it. Nice. Everyone. Muslims, Jewish, Indian, whatever specific spirituality, or lack thereof, it doesn't matter. You are stereotyped.
My point here is that for this being the "free" country, we are not. We are being persecuted in the silliest of ways. EVERYONE. By EVERYONE. Why?? Why do we feel the need to do that to one another? Why are we feeling the need to infringe our views on everyone else, while not allowing the other to do the same? This is ridiculous. We all have the same plan in the long run. Live a good, decent life. Do it as pain free, healthy, and happy as possible. The ONLY difference is where we are going when we DIE! What is the big beef about? Who cares other than yourself? Who really cares? What exactly is the point? This is kindergarten MANNERS. Leave everyone else alone and only worry about your own self. Not that hard people. Seriously, not that hard.
I also feel that anyone who would attack a child or an elderly person for their beliefs (even a sign, they are inciting fear into that person when they bring two knives out to them) is a coward, and needs to be dealt with by a judge. If you can go to jail for making a phone call to someone and telling them off, then you can sure go to jail for scaring the pants off of an old person and a little kid. That's just cowardly and mean. And I would feel the same if it was a Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Whatever doing it. I don't care, that's anyone, you leave kids and the elderly alone. That's common decency. But, it is not the same for everyone else, and this is where the problem starts and never ends:
What is unacceptable for someone to do to you or yours, is ok for you or yours to do to someone else based on their religious beliefs? WHAT? Are you guys serious? How can this country be this Hypocritical, and still function on some basis? How is that possible? Can someone answer me that? This is crazy. Or stupid. Something.
My biggest wish ever for ever, here on out, is that we can all stop this non sense. YEAH, you are in America. YEAH, you ARE allowed to dislike whatever it is that you want. But EVERYONE else has that SAME right. They ALSO have the right to be FREE in THEIR beliefs, just like YOU. They might go to hell. Thats THEIR choice. They may believe in God, and a heaven above, and that may be what feels them every day with something. Thats THEIR choice. NOT YOURS.
When this country was founded, it was founded on the belief that everyone could do whatever the hell they wanted spiritually, as long as they weren't hurting anyone else. Sometime later, we decided that we could believe whatever we wanted as long as we had the audacity to not be against someone elses beliefs. THAT'S WRONG. We have forgotten the biggest reason our ancestors came here. FREEDOM OF RELIGION~ OR LACK THEREOF!
Knock the Religion wars off already. Fellowship is fellowship, and belief is belief. You can have both, and you can have neither, and you can have one or the other. All are ok. NONE ARE WRONG. NONE ARE BETTER. NONE ARE WORSE. Do what you want, and leave others alone. This goes for everyone. Of EVERY race, religion, orientation, whatever. Let your neighbor do what they are gonna do if it isnt directly hurting you. What is so hard about that? You can have friends that believe, and you can have friends that dont, and everyone CAN get along. All it takes is some compassion and self control. Its not that hard.
I just really wish that we could all get past this bully mentality that we have with these things, and move on into adulthood. I think its time we remember that its ok for people to do different things. It is. Isnt it?