http://washingtonstreetpub.com/washingtonstreetpub.com.zip get more I’m going to start out by saying that I am not here to discuss my political or religious stance, nor will I engage in any sort of conversation. I realized through personal experience that there is much truth to the phrase “There are two things you should never discuss with your friends and family – religion and politics”. I’ve witnessed first hand that when these issues are discussed – especially when hidden behind the veil of social media – people have a tendency to get nasty. And I’m not here for that, which is why I won’t discuss it. With anyone.
And I will also say that I fully respect everyone and their individual beliefs. While I may not necessarily agree with all of them, I respect the fact that each and every one of us is different and our own unique personal life experiences have molded us to have said beliefs. In addition, I also respect you enough to not try and shove my political and religious beliefs down your throat, since you have not lived and experienced the same life that I’ve lived nor have I experienced the same life you have lived. I hope that after reading this, you will offer me the same respect.
What I do want to share however, is that regardless of what your political or religious beliefs are, I believe that there is a bit of confusion on my part about what people think is the best way to handle situations such as what happened this past week. I’m hearing taglines like, “We must join together”, but in the very same breath blame is being placed on others – and I’m not referring to the terrorists. Democrats are blaming the Republicans, Republicans blaming Democrats, Christians blaming Muslims, Atheists blaming Christians, the list goes on and on. Can someone please explain to me how we are supposed to join together and unite when we are too busy throwing stones at one another?
This is why there is hatred, hostility, separation, division amongst us – because people are too concerned about relieving themselves of blame and looking for somewhere to point the finger rather than being brave enough to admit that maybe each and every one of us could stand to make some changes. And by changes I don’t mean changing your political or religious stance, but rather how you think and react when someone else happens to not have the same exact beliefs as you.
We ALL have our own beliefs – it makes us who we are. But in no way should our political and religious beliefs make any of us believe that we are better than anyone else. We are better than NO ONE. Our political and religious beliefs should not be the defining factor as to whether we are good people. Our social status, how much money we make, what kind of car we drive should not determine our success. Attributes such as kindness, generosity, humility, goodwill, looking out for our fellow man – those are things we should be looking for, striving for. Those are the attributes that will truly unite and join us.