Serendipity: When are you people going to learn? It's not about who's right or wrong. No denomination's nailed it yet, and they never will because they're all too self-righteous to realize that it doesn't matter what you have faith in, just that you have faith. Your hearts are in the right place, but your brains need to wake up.


This quote is from the movie Dogma.  I was having a thought the other day with all of these religious posts going around, and being a fan of Dogma, I got thinking about how this ties in.  Really, should anyone be so self-righteous about being right or wrong?  Perhaps one person's walk doesn't reflect yours.  Does that mean that you should bash them for believing something completely different?  The way that they live their life works for them, and you should be happy for them.  This world is filled with enough hate as it is.  Look at the Westboro Baptist Church.  Look at people killing each other of beliefs, over race, over anything that they can try to destroy one another over.  Is it so bad to want to walk hand in hand together in peace?  I know its a long shot, probably not very accomplishable in our lifetimes, but it is something good to try to aspire to.

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.  -Mohandas Gandhi

Be the change that you want to see in the world.- Mohandas Gandhi

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor depends to a large extent on the capacity for getting along with ourselves. The self-respecting individual will try to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings as he is of his own. - Eric Hoffer

Although i speak from my own experience, I feel that no one has the right to impose his or her beliefs on another person. - 14th Dalai Lama  

I just want to make a note on the quote above that yes, it is perfectly fine to share your beliefs with others.  Wouldn't it be so rewarding to share your beliefs with people interested in learning about your way of life, then to impose them on someone who may not be willing to listen?  There are many reasons a person may not be interested in listening to a certain lifestyle or belief or religion, but to share with likeminded people who are truly interested is a blessing.  Sharing with those who want to learn, with an open mind gives you a sense of enlightenment and accomplishment, knowing that you shared your knowledge and expertise about something without persecuting others and putting others down.

I just want to say in closing that it would be amazing to see every walk of life be able to enrich each other with knowledge of each others beliefs without hatred and ignorance.  If you don't like something, the worst you can do is listen and move on.  No one is saying you must commit to a lifestyle or belief if you listen to someone about their beliefs.  They are saying that this is how I live my life, love and respect me for who I am or keep on walking by.  Remember the golden rule.

Let us not speak of tolerance. This negative word implies grudging concessions by smug consciences. Rather, let us speak of mutual understanding and mutual respect.
-- Father Dominique Pire

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