So much has been going on in these simple days. The heat of summer seems to be upon us. I am once again searching for new things to learn. New ways to feel progress in everyday life. There is a bit of a standstill, as change takes time. I realize that I do not resonate with everyone. My beliefs are the total opposite of some people who are my friends on Facebook. In some ways we are the same, too. Still I chose to look at our differences as a chance to see the vivid picture diversity paints in the world. There are many kinds of diversity, it is not all about race.
I am all for accepting others. Strangely enough that comes with accepting we will not always see eye to eye. Yet, it is my job equally to portray my true self without hiding. I knew that I would possibly alienate many on Facebook when I posted in support of LGBTQ. I have seen Facebook friends/family post about how sinful they think it is before. Yet, I also know that the people on Facebook posting this also would think me sinful for my New Age beliefs.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
So with this in mind I choose to risk alienating people who were probably not listening to me anyway. I hoped I could open peoples minds, but those who will listen to me already have open minds. It is strange, I try not to think of some people as more enlightened then others. I try to think about it as being different opinions. Yet, when your opinion causes people to be beaten and killed, perhaps you need to rethink things. This is the only problem I have with mainstream religion, that sometimes teaches people to hate others. It is a big reason people turn away from it.
I will not go deeply into this. The times are changing and religion is the slowest to change. It was designed to uphold old beliefs and pass them on. Some of those beliefs are Loving and Invaluable to humanity. Each religion is priceless, but some of these beliefs are not based in Love. I want to overlook those and pretend there is nothing wrong with mainstream religions, but “Then they came for me
– and there was no one left to speak for me.”
I do not advise that everyone leave mainstream religions because we would lose so much culture… those Loving and Invaluable beliefs. Some of you came to transform your religion so it will survive with the changing times. It is much harder to do then to leave a religion. May God Bless you for taking on that Honorable task.
BTW this is the bottom of a Christmas tree. Funny thing to make in Summer.