PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Bar Bosa
 
Comments: 3
Article views: 137
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Bar Bosa's badges.
 

No Tolerances for each others Choices...

10 February 2014, 08:31

Before I start:

Religionists: people who believe in a deity, being, god, goddess, etc.

Non-Believers: people who don’t believe in any deity, being, god, goddess, etc. (to many a reader out there - learn the difference between being an atheist and being agnostic please…)

I am a non-believer and disagree with all religion out there. Now before you religionists start getting up in arms and planning your response(s) as to why “We should believe”, I don’t care. The same bodes for all you non-believers out there, that are getting excited and planning your response(s) as to why “We shouldn’t believe”, I don’t care. Every time I open up News24, there is, 90% of the time, a Most Commented article relating to religion or non-religion. These articles are debated furiously, with every side trying to prove why their choice (and it is a choice no matter what you think) is the right one and why you, the opposed are “evil” and wrong! (Now I know that some moron will inevitably say “A murderer choses to kill, so does that mean you condone it!”, it’s not the same thing. People do have mental and various other issues.)

These religious debates show up a huge fundamental flaw that we have as humans – intolerances to/for difference. To be fair, out of all the people I have met on this road of life, some of the non-believers (and I re-iterate some) I feel are more tolerant than the religionists. Why is it that when we as humans, come across someone/thing/aspect that is not within our norm, we have to judge and prejudice based on pre-conceived ideas. Have you ever just taken a step back and said you know what - that person’s choice(belief), sexuality, condition, etc. is not with within my norms but I’m OK with it. I’m sure you haven’t as your narrow-mindedness cannot justify why that person is that way (this bodes the same for both parties in this regard). You need to argue, to be afraid, to be angry and scream - why isn’t everyone like me, why doesn’t everyone share my views, I am right no matter what you say and I can prove this, etc., etc. , etc… 

All religions have some sort of book/text that has writings, scriptures, whatever, that the followers of that religion choose to believe and then base their life upon. The non-believers don’t necessarily have a “book”, but they have read a whole bunch of writings, science papers, blogs, whatever, that they have chosen to believe and then base their life upon that. If I choose to read The Red Book and you choose to read The Green Book, does that make your or my decision wrong? No.

To put this into context:

My norm is that a male and female should be together. Does that mean that I should be against a person, be that female or male, that is attracted to the same sex? Does this make them outsiders to me or a bad person, no.

My choice is that I don’t believe in any greater beings or gods or whatever you choose to call it/them. Does that mean that I should be against a person that chooses to believe? Does this make them outsiders to me or a bad person, no.

I choose to believe that there are other life forms and races out there, not dis-similar from ourselves. I feel that we are not the most intelligent life forms around but at the same token, I do feel that we are quite advanced.  No one has made up my mind for me, it’s a choice. Does this make my choice wrong, no!

What I’m trying to get at here as that we (including you) need to learn to be more tolerant. People are going to be different. Imagine if every single person on this planet believed in the same thing, wore the same clothes, thought the same, etc…. this world would be an extremely boring place!!!

In closing – no one is always right. I am not always right, and neither are you. Learn to listen, learn to communicate, learn to tolerate and more importantly, learn from “life”. Get over yourself and your conviction’s!!!

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Gert James
Shedding a tear over Loadshedding

Stop treating me and millions of other citizens like we are in inconvenience. We do NOT live in a third world country and the time has come for you to eradicate third world thinking. Read more...

23 comments 1992 views
Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky
Looking to Zuma to put a spring i...

According to the SABC, President Jacob Zuma says the government needs prayers for good leadership and peace. No: we just need good leadership. Many are praying, but it is just not working. Read more...

3 comments 189 views
Submitted by
Debby Timm
Eskom public relations

I know this is getting old, and is probably one of the biggest irritations in our lives, however I would like to make some observations. Read more...

12 comments 1874 views
Submitted by
Thulane Bolsheviks
“We saw the future in Soweto this...

Stunned and ashamed by events in Soweto this week, it may be tempting for some of us to look the other way or simply disbelieve what we see. Read more...

20 comments 3300 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Open letter to MT Sabisa

 Read more...

5 comments 126 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

iOS / Android Developer

Western Cape
Extraordinary Futures
R25 000 - R40 000 Per Month

Sales Representative

Western Cape
Neo Batho (Pty) Ltd
R9 000 - R10 000 Per Month

Credit Process Manager

Western Cape
Hire Resolve
R250 - R300 Per Year

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.