Am I wrong to want to make a difference.
I am sitting here with my wonderful friend Milo in my lap. I am listening to some people on YouTube who claim we must always be ready to defend the knowledge of what is wrong with religion.
I was thinking of my post on Ark’s blog, which I thank him for letting me post my thought on, I was basically asking why we should be afraid to read things we don’t agree with. I admit there are something so far outside of the normal that we need not feel compelled to view it. I wouldn’t feel the need to see child pornography or animal snuff videos to condemn them.
However I have learned a lot after leaving school simply by being willing to listen, look, try to understand so many things. I was a country kid, 18 years old, in Germany listening to a Welshman who was telling me how society would have to change in the next 100 years. I did not really understand all he was saying , but I saw some wisdom in the things he said even though they went totally against what I knew. Sometimes I find I agree and sometimes I do not agree. I have never found anything that shakes my understanding or belief I am a human.
So I have a tendency to ask theists to explain to me why they want to take a private worship system and make it an enforceable public one. That is when I will push back against religious views. You can love your god in any way you want without question , until it starts to affect others and to deny those others rights. The very same rights you claim you need for yourself, you want to deny to others. Also any abuse, neglect, maltreatment of children or animals, is totally off limits of religion. Seriously, if a doctor says a child needs medication or help, you can pray your butt off, but the child gets medical care. As an abused child I won’t even listen to anything that tries to justify child abuse.
So at that point I ask them to engage with me and others as to why that is not a correct or right way to act or promote. I do not intend to insult or pick a fight but I will defend my own rights and the rights of society. Here comes the problem. While I am willing to talk civilly, to give respect, I find often those I offer that respect to will not also offer it to me. They feel no need to offer logic, information that is provable, they attack my view as somehow inferior to their wish to remain uneducated in science and ignorant of the power play of religion.
I am not saying I have all the knowledge, I am saying I am willing to read and look up , and to try to figure it out. IF you shut me down by saying you will never challenge your own belief, you won’t read other information, you won’t believe proved science that is clearly available and common in our world, then you not only harm yourself, but you insult me and others that are trying to help find common reality.
I am clearly not a theist. I have seen no evidence of a deity that is in anyway involved in our lives. To me it is silly to think of such a being wanting to be involved in my daily feelings anymore than I would mice or ants. My worry and my anger goes to those that deny reality to support a theist view that clearly is wrong. Nothing wrong with being a better human, it is wrong to be an ignorant human.
So this is why I try, why I am reaching out to those who would scream hate and insults. Why I do not respond to their hate with hate of my own. I am not demanding anyone change their personal belief, I am demanding they don’t force it on to me or try to make me live their delusions.
Loves and hugs. Please give me your thoughts, what you think of how to best go forward. Hugs