This post is in response to the overwhelmingly large number of posts lately regarding the "intolerant Christians," the "hypocritical Gay agenda,"
those "socialist Liberals" and of course the 'dumb redneck republicans.'
It seems as though so many of you are mad at someone else for being mad at you. So many of you are intolerant of those who display intolerance. So
many of you categorize and generalize an entire demographic of INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE to fit one, narrow minded idea of what EVERY other person in that
demographic must be like.
I am here to tell you that if you are one of 'those people' who categorize other people as 'those people'....you're wrong. And, in my humble opinion,
this has got to stop. Now.
Sure, there are intolerant, hateful people out there who do forcefully try to shove their agenda down other
Yes, some 'Christians' are hateful (shoot, just look at Westboro Baptists Church.)
Yes, some 'Gays' go out of their way to demand that you approve and accept that they want to make out in public while wearing speedos.
Yes, some 'Liberals' are self-righteous, arrogant socialists who criticize those who disagree.
And yes, some 'Republicans' are backwoods, racist and ignorant and who are afraid of any other way of thinking.
But the key word in all of those sentences was "SOME."
Those who try to paint an entire group of people as all 'this way' are absolutely wrong. But not only are they wrong, they are hypocritical. For how
does it make any sense to 'hate' a group for being 'hateful'? How can we justify being angry at someone for being angry at someone?
Those who criticize CHRISTIANS have also completely forgotten about people such as my grandparents; 'Memaw' and 'Papa.'
My grandparents are close to 80 years old, but they are some of the sweetest, most hardworking and truly loving Christians i have ever met. I can
honestly say I have NEVER heard either Memaw or Papa say one bad word towards anyone of any race, religion, social class or anything else. They never
even complain or say anything negative. They completely demonstrate the core values of Christianity: Love, charity, service, respect, faith, and
community. They both volunteer for their church to help with handicapped people and deliver food to the homes of those in need. They still do this
Yes, they are from a small, rural Texas town. Papa was born on a farm and worked for the railroad his entire life. They don't have much experience
with different cultures, with homosexuals, with bright lights or big cities. But that doesn't mean they 'hate' anyone or are scared of any of it. They
just live in their own world and it works for them.
Those who criticize HOMOSEXUALS obviously do not know my roommate; Randall.
Randall has known he was homosexual since the age of 5. He was raised in a very Southern Baptist home in backwoods counties. Thus, life hasn't been
very 'easy' for him. He's been called a 'faggot' since the first grade and has been bullied, abused, insulted and judged for the better half of his
life. But the only 'agenda' that he has is 'Love.'
Randall is one of the most compassionate, spiritual, God-loving (not God-fearing or 'Christian') individuals that I have ever met. It is a blessing
that he is our (our = me and my fiance, as I am a straight male) roommate. And, despite all the hate he has received, he has ZERO hate for anyone
else. Honestly, Randall is one of the most overall loving and accepting individuals I've ever met. He's not on a mission to shove homosexuality at
anyone. He's not wearing gold underwear and yelling in the streets about you needing to accept him. He didn't care about the Chick-fil-a fiasco
whatsoever. He understands that people will be people, and that the only way to make anything better is to LOVE. He does not let his sexuality define
Those who criticize LIBERALS obviously don't know the majority of the students who went to my (Art) College.
Many of my best friends I made at College (an Art College) were liberal. Not surprising, eh? This may have meant that they voted for Obama the first
time around or that they advocates of Global Warming or Health Care or gun Control or Occupy Wallstreet. But honestly, what they are really trying to
say is, they are in favor of 'making the world a better place.' (Just as many other people hope to do.) They worry about Global Warming because they
(and 'we') have seen the horrors of pollution and we have seen what is happening to Mother Earth and it IS scary. They worry about Health Care because
they genuinely wish for all people to be able to be taken care of. They want everyone to be happy and healthy and 'equal.' They care about Gun Control
because they don't want people being shot anymore. And they want to Occupy Wallstreet because they are sick and tired of watching as Corporations
destroy our economy, our political system, our quality of life and our liberties. Sure, just like 'some people' from any other demographic, they can
become hypocritical when others disagree with their views of 'equality' (which should include the right to disagree.) But really it just comes down to
them wanting to make the world a better place.
Those who criticize REPUBLICANS obviously don't know my family
My Mom and Dad are both 'republican' (although to be fair, I have turned them on to Ron Paul a good bit over the last few years.) But just because
they are 'republican' does not mean that they do not care about the environment or that they don't care about poor people or they don't want the rich
to pay taxes or that they or are borderline KKK. They are just hardworking folks. They were the first in both of their families to go to college. They
worked their way up from living in a s#*tty apartment complex to having a nice, paid-for, 2 story suburban house. My mom works upwards of 80 hours a
week in her 'busy' season, and my dad consistently works 50 hour weeks. In their off time they work on building/restoring our house. They have a great
network of close friends whom they love very much. They donate to charity and volunteer. They have their opinions, but they are open to hearing about
others and would never be flat out hateful or judgmental of someone. They just understand the value of hard work, independence and the ability
(liberty) to pursue their dreams. They don't think the government should get involved. And when it comes to 'getting involved,' they don't believe
that's the governments responsibility. That's our personal responsibility as family, friends, neighbors and communities. They have opened their home
more than once to people on the street (and not just to other wealthy white folks.) They are also very open to my ideas of health, love, politics,
environmental issues, etc etc.
With that all said:
We have to be loving, period. 'Loving' does not mean that you 'agree' with everything everyone does. It means you love and respect the person enough
to a) talk to them like a normal, respectful human being, or b) kindly ignore them and not waste any negative energy being angry about it.
Live and let live. Love and let love.
Basically, when it comes down to daily interactions, you have two options: React or Evolve.
Humanity has been 'reacting' for thousands of years. How about we step it up and start being the change we NEED in this world. Evolve. Love. Get
along. Be respectful. Don't be so quick to write everyone else off everything you despise. We're all people. We are all multifaceted. And we all need
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