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Religion, or lack there of. Who cares

02 January 2013, 11:52

I follow News24 on a nearly daily basis and it deeply saddens me to discover still to this day peoples beliefs are being used as an excuse to undermine, hurt and belittle people.

I will not reveal my beliefs and would be interested to find out after reading this from which belief you may think I am.

I am struggling to understand why everyone feels the need to explain their religions and beliefs to the rest of the world, as if forever trying to prove that they are not wrong. When in essence no one is wrong. Is it not our human right to be allowed to worship whom we deem fit? And I know people will now bring up the cults and Satanists, stating that people cannot have freedom of worship blah blah etc etc. these examples are obviously excluded as they bring harm to others. When I discovered my true beliefs it was not because someone convinced me of them or because I was brain washed. I chose my beliefs on my own because I did not feel that my previous beliefs were helping me, I felt lost and alone. Once I changed I felt at peace. Like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. And for a while I joined the tirades of people forcing their beliefs in others faces. Damning and insulting those that thought differently to me and after much frustration and arguing and name throwing and most disturbingly a lot of hurt I realized that my actions were not only in vain but those of a person I did not want to be. How could I expect another to respect my beliefs when I had no respect for theirs? It all of a sudden made sense that the whole en-devour made no sense! Absolute madness. Since then I decided to fight for the respect of all religions, beliefs and cultures not just my own, To fight for acceptance of everyone not just myself. I am constantly the irritating friend who is asking others not to ridicule someone because they think differently, because no one likes it done to them.

The fact is we are humans, we are all different, we are all free thinking, or eventually anyway. We all make our own choices and have to live with the consequences. And most importantly of all we will never ever EVER have the same beliefs or religion. It has never been this way and never will be.

So I beg of you people from all religions and beliefs, why not struggle rather to be a good person. Rather further your beliefs and love of your beliefs rather than wasting energy by trying to prove to someone something that they will never agree with. I don’t know about everyone else but this makes more sense to me.

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