Holey Moley, I did not think this through when starting to write this post. I just wanted to talk about how I don’t like the intolerance of some people, but then wouldn’t that make me intolerant of their intolerance? And If I condemn the strong opinions people post on the Internet, and I in turn post this online, I’d be doing the same thing, no? No wonder we’re all stressed out and at each other’s throats!
But here goes an attempt anyway…I can’t please everyone, but I sure as hell will try…. Before I go on, I just want to be extremely clear that this post is merely my personal opinion and in no shape or form am I trying to convince you otherwise or put down anyone who feels differently….
I can tell you right now that I know, and follow, very little on politics; feel all religions have the same goal; and I can easily be outwitted by anyone who has a better (and probably more realistic) view on what is going on in our world. I can’t, and am not trying to, win an argument. And honestly, as much as narrow minded people annoy me something big time, I am also quite guilty of having been intolerant myself at some point, and won’t stand in line to receive my sainthood’s hallow anytime soon either.
I’ve always tried to see the good in people, which is accompanied by often having a quite naive view on certain things. If I had lived in the 60s, I would have been supporting peace by placing flowers in soldiers’ guns and walking the streets hugging total strangers (or what I used to call a Saturday night out 😉
The recent (and not so recent) events, to name a few, like equal marriage rights, discrimination, multiculturalism, religion etc, seem to bring out quite the opinionated loudmouths. It isn’t necessarily their opinions that get to me though, but sometimes more the contempt and (for some) the pure hatred behind their words. A hatred, I feel, without much of a solid basis other than intolerance for something they just don’t understand. I believe voicing your opinion is a basic right to have, however can still be done with certain boundaries in place and with a certain degree of respect…
I don’t really know where I’m going with this one (I don’t think any of us have a clear opinion that will settle all the world’s disputes) but I just want to share with you a little story:
All in the boiling pot
Simon, Jack and Mary all go to the same university and study Philosophy. On Monday they have a big exam coming up and need to spend the weekend studying.
Simon, who likes the outdoors, goes to the beach with his books and spends the weekend studying in the sun, taking the occasional dip in the ocean to cool off.
Jack, who prefers being inside, sits behind his desk and studies whilst listening to classical music on the radio, making the occasional snack to take a break.
Mary, who enjoys being social, gets together a group of fellow students and they sit in the library to study together, taking the occasional coffee break to refresh their minds.
On Monday morning, Simon, Jack and Mary make their way to the Philosophy building to take their test. For good luck, Simon takes a quick nature walk to clear his mind, Jack brings along his lucky pencil and Mary wears her lucky underwear (I donno, cause that’s how Mary rolls).
I guess the point of this example is that it explains how I see religion, discrimination, multiculturalism etc…
We all study for it differently, we all approach it differently, but at the end of the day,
we’re all taking the same exam!
So smile at your neighbor (even though his church is not the same as yours), try to find another way to communicate when you don’t speak the same language (they might be taking night classes to learn), think before you paint your hate signs (you don’t have to accept an idea, but do you need to go out of your way to condemn those who do?) and just think… when that large meteor hits the Earth or the Rapture or the Zombie Apocalypse does arrive, we’re all going to have to tolerate each other to survive anyway, so we might as well get started now and be prepared…