So much for “liberty”…
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So much for “liberty”…
Although I like to keep it positive on this blog, I’ve really had it. The subject applies to anyone who has ever uttered or written the term “all christians”, “all atheists” or even “all religions”. Nothing makes me want to go out and buy a bible and go to church as often as possible more than people who would decry “all Christians” (or religious group of choice) as brainwashed idiots who just aren’t smart enough to realize there is no God. Likewise, every time someone insinuates that “all atheists” are likely unenlightened wanna-be-devil-worshipers I’m looking for the needle to sew a big “A” on the front of my shirt.
The point is the people making these declarations are extreme and are doing NOTHING for the religious dialog. As someone who loves the conversation, the debate over God these types of statements are pure trash. They add nothing to collective knowledge about the group, they show an enormous amount of personal ignorance, and immediately turn me away from what they have to say.
There will always be atheists, there will always be people who believe in God(s) – so if you don’t have anything truly constructive to add to the conversation about how both groups can live peacefully in their belief system, SHUT UP!
Yesterday, I went to the book signing of Robyn O’Brien’s The Unhealthy Truth. I hope everyone has a chance to read the book and learn some very important things about our food supply. Robyn’s message about food safety and our health is very important, but as I sat in the room listening to other mom’s and dad’s ask questions about how to find out more, what they could do, feeling overwhelmed and helpless I realized that Robyn’s message and example was much broader.
It all boils down to caring enough to ask questions. Since when did we start blindly trusting others to do the thinking for us? If the government says it’s okay it must be! If it’s in an American newspaper it must be true! People are shocked and dismayed at the level of betrayal we see around us, but we’ve ultimately allowed it to happen. We should ALWAYS be questioning the why, the how, the who. Maybe we have a moral duty to do so maybe not, but we sure can’t complain about someone pulling the wool over our eyes if we stood silently by while they did it.
And it’s not that I expect we’ll find a conspiracy every time we ask a question. But by being the kind of people who ask, analyze and act, we can start to demand a level of truth that maybe wasn’t there before. Just because you’re not a scientist or economist doesn’t mean you don’t understand. It’s not rocket science folks, it’s just basic information. Demand it!
(See Robyn’s other work with AllergyKids – linked on the side bar)
Ok, maybe miracles is a strong word. Let’s call them “signs”. How often do you feel you get a sign from God (or any higher power of your choosing)? Or is everything just chalked up to coincidence? That’s typically my reaction. But really, it’s much more fun to see a hidden agenda! Like this great post from Conversion Diary.
Of course, you have to look for these signs to “see” them. You have to be open to them in other words. Just like spirituality, why try it if you’re not open to the possibility of a God(s). And don’t put people down who do believe if you’ve never truly tried it yourself.
I’m going to spend a week paying attention to small, seemingly insignificant things that happen in my life to try and discern “signs”. Why? Because I want to see if it changes my perspective at all. If being more aware and more present help me feel happier, nicer, you name it. Of course, I may not “see” anything at all, which would be a whole different issue.