Yup, I’m doing this.
I have been wanting to do this for some while. But every time I get the balls to do it, I say I will not go through with this. I don’t want people discussing this via my blog. And I don’t want racist comments here.
But after all what’s going on in the region, and after being convinced that this crap is far from over, I am doing it. I will speak of politics vs. religion.
Now, everything I will write from now on comes from my personal experience and my very own opinion. And arguments will definitely hold. BUT, please make sure your arguments are respectful and tolerant.
so here it goes . . .
I, like many fellow young individuals living in a sick society that wants to know your name to see where you’re from and what you believe, am completely, extremely, definitely sick-n-tired of the way things have been going lately. I see racism and division and I am disgusted by it all.
I believe that it is time for change. Real and comprehensive change. And I look forward to the day when I don’t have to specify my sect on a job application, or a government document, or whatever.
Why? Because I believe that it is crazy, and stupid, and so unfair to be judged or labeled or categorized because of what your ID says you are.
And yes, I believe that it is time: new, non-sectarian blood is needed. I know we have it, but I just hope we have enough of it to be able to turn the ruthless system around and actually accomplish something worth belonging to for I do not feel that I belong in my very own country seeing the way it is at this point.
But saying that, there is one small differentiation, or addition to that formula that I would like to add, simply because I don’t hear it much.
Yes, I believe that politics and religion are two separate entities that SHOULD be handled separately. No church or mosque should lead my country. Honest, educated, liberal and just men and women should.
This is an argument which I would fully support. A reality I would dream of.
On the other hand, I don’t really believe that such a formula would have to nullify all beliefs and religions.
Certain people who happen to follow certain religions are bad people. That doesn’t mean that the religions they follow are bad. Why do I say that?
1) there are people from different backgrounds and different religions who are criminals and who deserve to be in jail
2) Most of these criminals do not follow the religions they claim they do . When you analyze, you will see that they follow power and money, but not really what their religion is all about
3) there are many good and honest people who are religious
I really wish that we could separate certain figures from their religions. Yes, Bin Laden is an A-hole. But not because he is Muslim, but because he’s a monster, a criminal. That is one exaggerated example. But even if we look at leaders worldwide, be it Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews or Atheists, they all rob their countries and lie and manipulate (or kill) so many innocent souls to get more money, or more power.
My point here is that it doesn’t matter what you believe in, as long as you are a good person. And this is why, although I fully support anti-sectarian movements and scientific/legal justice rather than religious quarrels and judgements, I am totally AGAINST attacking religions.
We can all have our own beliefs, regardless of what they are. But we need to practice these beliefs at our homes and communities in a respectful manner. Without offending others. Without judging others. Without getting into politics. Practice what you want. And believe what you want. Just be a just and peaceful being and don’t interfere with other people’s beliefs.
Having faith, in my personal opinion, gives the person strength and depth and peace of mind. If a religion does not give that to someone, then, by all means, let him/her search for what he/she should believe in. It is no taboo to be spiritual and at peace with yourself. And it is no taboo to believe in something or someone, as long as this is for the benefit of the individual and ultimately, of mankind.
I do not like the attack on religions, but I do agree that half, if not more, of religious leaders are bad examples not only of their fellow “believers”, but of humans as a whole. So if a religious leader, or any person is bad, by all means, let him/her be penalized. Regardless of their beliefs.
But, just because people are setting bad examples and misrepresenting their beliefs, that does not mean that we should walk around stereotyping others and judging them.
So I say, let someone believe whatever he/she wants. For all I care, someone might believe that someday goldfish will take over the world and enslave humankind. If that person is a good person because of that belief, then be it.
I believe we are all here to make the world a better place, somehow. In our own way. With our own beliefs.
I really hope we have something to look forward to in these difficult times. . .