“When you know better, you do better.” Dr. Maya Angelou
There’s an assumption that we, as a species make, and that’s if you don’t agree with me, believe as I believe, then, you’re wrong. That “The Truth” is finite, written in stone, and applies to all. And, I don’t believe that, never have nor will.
Lately, I’m finding that my tolerance for fundmentalism is all but gone. I seriously have no interest in everyone behaving like they are victims of something, someone, or some belief system, and that they must seek some sort of vengeance by behaving as those who’ve mistreated them in the first place.
As an African-American woman, I don’t make it a habit of feeling particularly hateful toward anyone. Racism still lives in the U.S. if only in small, subtle ways–but, I do not throw a blanket over a particular group of people based on the actions of one ignorant person. If I did, then I’d be no better than the racist who mistreated me. Worse yet, I’d be a racist myself. This is my thought process when it comes to race, religion, and quite a few other social issues. I don’t have to agree with you, to respect you’re entitled to your beliefs, and better yet, I don’t have to even deal with you at all. That’s one of the beauties of being your own person–making your own rules.
Over the years, I’ve watched people become rather rabid, and fantacial in their belief systems, and somehow they justify it by saying they are treating others the way they’ve been treated. And, personally, I don’t buy it. If you’re an atheist, who discriminates against theist, simply because you’ve felt vicitmized by them, it doesn’t make you truly different than them. Well, of course except for the “God” part, but, the rest, is just a fight over the hearts and minds of people. In which case, in my opinion, you’re the same–out of line. I get it, everyone wants to feel important, they want their thoughts and beliefs validated by recruiting others to their way of thinking. What’s so funny is they think they are having original thoughts, or living in somekind of new way. But, if that were true, what’s up with the herd mentality? Why is it necessary to scream to the top of your lungs to be noticed? Why not just live what you believe, and be the example??
There’s way too much fighting in the world. Fighting over land, God, no God, money, minds, hearts, spirits… Always fighting and looking for creative ways to validate this fighting–to somehow make it okay to want to hold dominion over one another… It’s really unnatural for life to be that way, but, that doesn’t stop people from trying. What I’ve found is that all of fighting is nothing more than a way to distract ourselves from ourselves. I suppose it’s easier to exist in some sort of collective mass mentality, then it is to check-in with your own mind, heart and consciousness. But, it doesn’t make your way right simply because there’s more than one of you. The majority only rules those willing to follow it.
I’ve always prefered the high road in life, it’s never crowded and traffic moves at a steady pace. The scenery from the high road is beautiful, people have places to go, so they aren’t interested in being “right” for anyone other than themselves. On the high road, you don’t have to agree with anyone other than yourself– sounds easier than it truly is. But, most of all, there’s no effing drama! You can disagree with someone without making it personal, without being offended, without fighting, without needing to win. “Right” is what works for you, and you only. When you start trying to make that the case for everyone, then you’re out of bounds and it doesn’t matter how good your intentions are. When you disrespect the freewill of another, you’re just simply…wrong. The Golden Rule is called such for a reason.
Love Peace Happiness N One,