This is my wholehearted belief. If people could start ignoring their religions and begin paying attention to the problems we face everyday in
society, and as people, we could accomplish so much.
It is a changing world, and I feel that religion is serving to slow us down on a tremendous scale. Mankind has been around for millennia, and instead
of pulling together as brothers and sisters, we still use old thinking and ancient scriptures to define how we act in the world. Religion separates
brother from brother, and sister from sister, all in the name of avoiding Hell, or becoming close to an unproven figure who people assume would rather
see mankind fight and hate towards one another instead of helping or understanding each other.
We should be pulling together to get past bigotry and set aside differences to advance further as a society. We can be a great society one day that
knows no prejudice, or hate, or misunderstanding of why others believe and do what they do. Instead, we set laws and invoke fear to control the
behavior of others, and then wonder why, even after all the studies, that deterrence does not work. Instead, we should be focusing more on finding
the 'why' of situations and people gone bad and figuring out how we can help each other be better people, or help bring this world to the Utopia it
can one day be.
Religion is separating us from ourselves. From Muslim or Jewish or Christian or Atheist or homosexuality prejudice, to people using the name of God
to hurt and kill others, perhaps people are not responsible enough for religion. People should be using their resources to help those less fortunate,
instead of turning their backs on those who share different beliefs, even though they cannot answer why they are on either side.
I believe our energies should be focused more on helping each other out, assisting those less fortunate, and preaching freedom and equality, without
the fear of oppression or prejudice. So, with that said, I will leave you with some very, very disturbing and true facts:
Around the world, some 26,500 children die every day.
That is equivalent to:
* 1 child dying every 3 seconds
* 18 children dying every minute
1/5 of the world is starving to death
1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean water
Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names
The lives of 1.7 million children will be needlessly lost this year because world governments have failed to reduce poverty levels
Worldwide, 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized
15 million children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS (similar to the total children population in Germany or United Kingdom)
Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn’t
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[edit on 5/18/2008 by bigbert81]