Originally posted by Bob LaoTse
Originally posted by CyberKat
Perhaps this is all just cases of people knowing that the world is in a very unstable, uncertain state right now, and either don't want to deal with
the harsh realities, or simply don't know how to cope, so they take the easier way, and criticize things that when you look at the "big picture",
are really quite insigifidant.
Originally posted by Bob LaoTse
hroughout history, ignorant people have, when discontent in their own lives, sought to place the blame for that discontent on others. They have
harangued and oppressed and attacked other groups of people simply because, in their ignorance and self-involvement, they have been unable or
unwilling to reflect on their own lives.
Yes, I have often noticed this to be the case. On any level, regarding just about any subject, and within about any group of people or
It seems to be either learned behavior from early childhood, or is simply ingrained into the human brain function. I can remember way back in like
Kindergarden, a kid would do something against the rules, and as soon as a teacher would come out, that kid would be the first to point at another and
say, "He/She did it!" And that trait follows all the way through to top Polititians playing the so called "Blame Game". Really not so much
difference in actions.
That said, this tendency to ignorantly attack those who believe differently is by no means the sole domain of the modern reactionary
anti-Christians. As a matter of fact, the historical attacks on leftists and atheists by Christians have a great part of the blame for the
reactionary attacks they're now facing. And of course, a much more obvious and direct version of this dynamic is the endless screeching and
finger-pointing that goes back and forth between left- and right-wing politicians and their lackeys.
Also seems to be true. It is sad that people for one thing are so afraid/ashamed, whatever - to own up to their own faults. Everyone has them. No
one is perfect, and it really makes those who claim to be perfect, or "Holyer(sp?) than Thou" show their true ignorance. I have always believed
that hate stems from one main emotion. And that is fear of the unknown. I don't mean that each culture needs to take the time to learn and
understand all facets of every other culture, but, it wouldn't hurt for people to simply understand that for many reasons, there have always been,
and probably will always be fundamental differences in the way that different groups of people from different parts of the world think and believe.
Simply accepting that fact, rather than fearing it, would go so far, IMO in bringing peace. People can be a non-Christian, without being an
anti-Christian, and same goes for every other religion and non-religion. I am not even close to being the most intelligent person in the world, but
some of these concepts seem so obvious. Doesn't anyone else think it might be a good idea to at least put at least some version of this simplicity
to work, and see what happens?
I really do think, though, that focusing on being generic, when it comes to the celebrations that almost efery culture and religion seem to have all
around the same time, in the winter, only irritates people, and makes them feel as if the government is once again attempting to control - even in
this counry where we are supposed to be guaranteed our freedom of religion or lack of religion (wording something like that).
Self expression is very important to most people. Let the Christians celebrate Christmas, Jewish people celebrate Hannukah, and each person of every
other religion celebrate their respective special day.
IMO, stuffing them all together into a "Happy Hollidays" is stupid and demeaning. Besides, why does the 'news' have to be flooded with stories
like what the Bush's have on their "Holliday" cards? I don't expect to receive one, and I doubt that most of the general population is on their
O.K. end of rant.
[edit on 12/13/2005 by CyberKat]