When are we going to get it?? I was scrolling through my Facebook page … and … low and behold, I come across this COVERT but entirely sanctimonious attack on those whose beliefs are different than our own.
My heart stops. Frozen in the deepest despair. We all SAY we are committed to PEACE. We self-righteously point fingers at those we believe are guilty of ATTACKING others and raging war. We are absolutely outraged by such unprovoked global aggression. We must STOP them.
And then, in the next breath, we obliviously and unwittingly perpetuate the ENERGY of war and divisiveness with this kind of seemingly benign attack. ‘ShutUpImStillTalking’ appears to delight in their deliberate intent to BOTHER those whose beliefs are different.
THIS is an unflattering microcosm of the macrocosm … covertly promoting religious INTOLERANCE … even though we are vehemently criticizing that very thing across the planet. How come it’s only wrong when THEY do it? By endorsing and embracing this kind of belittling energy (also hidden behind religious sanctimony), we are very unwittingly adding to the darkness. Argh. And yet, for some reason, we cannot see it. And it all leaves me saddened to the core.
Can we not find it in our hearts to make room to live peacefully with those whose beliefs are different than ours? Offering neutral good wishes (Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings) CANNOT possibly corrupt or diminish any of my own beliefs. I would argue that uttering these sentiments cannot take the omnipotent love of God out of any Christian’s heart … but rather, it simply MAGNIFIES and REFLECTS it.
From where I am looking, when all people can offer a loving acknowledgement to all others without requiring them to fit into their own belief system … THAT is to live in peace. And, when we can extend warm, meaningful and loving wishes to those we know hold different beliefs … THAT is to cultivate peace on earth.
Isn’t that the TRUEST essence of tolerance and love … isn’t that the core teaching of Jesus and so many of our other religious teachings? If we can’t offer it in our neighborhoods or on Facebook, we will certainly never see it globally. And it saddens me to the core.
Gandhi sagely professed: “We must BE the change we wish to see in the world”. Gandhi so clearly got it … when, oh when, will we?
Rant over … but … my heart still aches, Karen
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