Oh, how appropriate this quote is today. I try not to be political on my blog or in my postings. I try and keep an open heart and mind toward others and their beliefs and values. But, with everything going on today all over the United States, I feel the need to address this. There are too many things going on that are hate related.
Hate is always wrong. I amazes me that we spend so much time judging others, that we forget that Heavenly Father has commanded us to love them. I have a hard time with the things that have gone on in Virginia. I have a harder time with the acceptance of the things that are currently happening in Oregon and even in Utah.
Don't get me wrong, I believe in free speech, but I also believe that the right to swing my fist ends where you nose begins. Why, in this day and age, do we find it necessary to hurt others? I get that your beliefs are different from mine, I understand that our ancestors come from different places with different ways of looking at things, but that does not excuse unkindness or outright aggression. It does not excuse the taking of another's life or freedoms because of beliefs.
I do not like violence. I do not advocate it in any way or for any reason. I especially do not like the ugliness that is spreading across our country. I have friends from all races, and from all denominations. I have friends who are gay and straight. I am well acquainted with many different ways of viewing things. I am also very embarrassed that anyone could believe they are better than someone else because of our uniqueness.
I am not black, but I have suffered prejudices in all its ugliness.
I am not gay, but I too have been judged because of things I do differently.
I am religious, but don't believe that my right to believe that way should interfere with your right to believe however you see fit.
My thoughts are that we should spend more time looking for ways in which we are the same, and less time looking for ways in which we can judge each others differences.
In Utah and Oregon, there are people who are putting posters around schools against other races. There are people who want to say they are superior to others. It actually causes me physical pain to think that someone else's children see these things on a daily basis, and believe, even if for only a minute, that they might be right. It makes me sick to my stomach that there is anyone who would cause injury and death to another because of differences in the way we look, or believe, or are.
I am also an EMT, and have seen that we all bleed red. At the very heart, we are the same. God created each of us in His image. He does not only claim one people, one nationality, one group, one belief. We are all His. Maybe, it is about time we started acting like it.