Platitudes and impulse control won’t completely foster real change and understanding.
People should understand the etiology of their inner thinking that fosters religious bigotry and intolerance
that turns into violent argumentation and violence in worst forms.
I am trying to get us to inspect the science behind this issue that is ETHNOCENTRICITY:
ETHNOCENTRIC: Evaluating other peoples and cultures according to the standards of one's own culture.
In our benighted history we have been plagued by racial, tribal and nationalistic ethnocentric chauvinism. But since the combination of the King and
the Cleric in the era of Constantine when he, in the 4th century added the cleric to his power, the Catholic church, what began was a worsening of the
usual racial and tribal ethnocentric divisions by adding religion to the mix: OIL ON GASOLINE!
Before that most conquerors didn’t give a dam about your religion as long as you payed tribute, but the super ethnocentric Roman Catholic empire
started murdering people because they wouldn’t follow that religion. This added another lethal layer of human division that still plaques modern
Before that the Jews roughed people up in the name of the chosen of God when they gallivanted into Palestine to wrest the land from the inhabitants
and said God gave us this land so get the hell out or die.
Unfortunately the Muslimeen didn’t do much better, though as balance to the Christian ethnocentric empire it was partly created....it still didn’t
learn the lesson of love and didn’t know how to teach without compulsion despite the Quran having a particular verse against compelling people to
believe against their will.
As well Muhammad’s last sermon was actually a sermon that could have been said by a secular politician in TODAY'S WORLD when he warned the Arabs
than they were no better than anyone because they were Muslims and or Arabs, so behave accordingly.
They didn’t listen of course, so our western history is plagued with ethnocentric religious bigotry, hatred, violence and wars, and it is ingrained
Let's give a little nod to the Buddhist since of all the major creeds they probably have indulged least in ethnocentric violence. They should be a
model for us all.
This is what we as individuals have to inspect within ourselves…that is our own ethnocentricism, inside our own selves, or this exercise in a week
of impulse control will go for naught.
It is about understanding oneself and realizing your own psychological bent towards ethnocentric superiority, whether it's race or religion.
It is of course no problem believing your creed is the truth, but you have to learn to understand that other people in other faiths have similar ideas
of the merit of their religious traditions--learn to respect that.
Atheists have to understand that religious people have an emotional investment in faith--learn to respect that, or at least try.
As well the believers have to understand the atheists aren't wiping boys to be dammed to hell
They are human beings as precious to God as a believer--of course even though they don't believe in God it doesn't matter the essence of true religion
is to love all unconditionally!
Also, how dare we go about condemning a whole group of any religious body for the actions of a few!
To me that is the worst form of ethnocentric bigotry and the most illogical reasoning imaginable.
Condemnation of acts of violence should always be done but to blame innocents for the acts of militant crazies is the height of injustice and never
heals it only increases the violence and hatred.
Yes indeed we better learn to listen to each other, or we may hasten our destruction as a species, but also we better learn to know ourselves and what
is the cause of our intolerance and hatred, or if not we will
be doomed and the Skeptic Overlord will just be another voice crying in the
Wilderness who no one listened to.
edit on 30-12-2013 by Willtell because: spelling
edit on 30-12-2013 by Willtell because: (no reason given)