Hello all, I recently had a fairly in-depth discussion about politics/economics/social and global affairs with my 70 year old grandmother. The
conversation began with me telling her that there was the possibility of going to war with Iran. She said "Good, those *expletive* deserve to be wiped
off the face of the earth. All they want to do is kill us Christians, and eradicate Christianity all together." She think the same about when we went
to war with Afghanistan, and then again in Iraq. She speaks of all the suicide bombings, as well as some of the other atrocities that have been going
on over there. She firmly believes that the world is in a Christianity vs. Muslim (for the most part) conflict and believes that they are the evil
ones. I told her the information that she was getting was through the news, say maybe fifty total stories over a certain period of time. There are
hundreds of millions of Muslims out there, so I dont think that these extreme cases can really reflect the group as a whole. Christianity has
extremists as well, you hear all the time about people murdering others, in fact in our country, I have heard of all sorts of gruesome deaths, just
the news doesn't glamorise them like they do the killings overseas.
I feel that they are people, just like you and I. They are sitting at their computers, watching their TVs, listening to their iPods, whatever you may
be doing, someone over there is doing the exact same thing as you, just trying to live their lives, trying to get by. They don't want war, they want
to live in peace. It is the old corrupt men in charge that, for whatever reason, influence the people of the world to hate one another.
Racism is, in my opinion one of the subliminally influenced characteristics there has been.. Racism is instilled in us, by the media, by
seeing certain movies, by the news creating "Race A vs. Race B." stories. We are all humans, we're all in this together. From the owner of your
town's grocery store, to a fisherman in India, a Buddhist monk in the high mountains of Asia, or the guy mowing your yard. We are humans, every single
one of us. Sure, everything has their own things going on, but look past the walls that you have been influenced with, open your minds to the fact
that we are all one, we are all connected. I think we need to realize this, and drastically change the human consciousness. I do not know exactly what
that would take, but I think that a pretty good starting place would to just drop the racism.
Thanks all for reading, just some of the thoughts that were on my mind while conversing with someone from a time long past.
4-4-2012 by Roundtree because: grammar mistakes