People use their love and hatred of specific idealism to justify their battle for or against something. Some of these people believe in a supreme being/entity/deity and believe that others should follow their ideology. Then again some people don’t believe at all in a supreme being/entity/deity and believe that others should give up their idealism of a supreme being/entity/deity and follow their viewpoints of phylosophy/idealology.
Despite whether they have a religion or not humans still seem to have the desire to fight a loosing war against the ideas and view points of others. They don’t seem to understand that no single person will ever think completely the same in any matter of speak. Oh sure they may have similar view points, but there will always be that certain someone that pops up that’s view points are completely different than everyone else’s like Aristotle, Socrates, Plateau, and others. No one seems ready to put down his/her weapons of choice (guns, swords, knives, fists, words, etc) and agree to disagree.
I stood in front of two Jehovah’s witnesses today, telling me that Jehovah/Christ is the only way. As irritating as it was for me, I didn’t argue with them. I just nodded and agreed patiently till they went away…much like I use to do when my mother would list off complaints about my father when I was a kid. I have to thank my mom. because of her, I learned how to let things I disagree with go in one ear and out the other so as not to create conflict with those I have to live in the same area with.
It didn’t hurt me a bit…not in the tiniest to give them a little bit of my time, to nod away to a conversation, despite that I couldn’t repeat even if someone that I couldn’t repeat even if someone had a gun to my head. I’m familiar with the Jehovah’s Witness, and I like them, and I’m sorry, but I figured if they wanted to talk then why not let them. The neighbor was the one that ushered them over to my door. I have only one thing to say to him knowing that he knows my ideals, “Thanks..I appreciated that…hehehe. Ya right.” Really though. It didn’t bother me that much. I know that he knew that I had more patience than he did. I had talked to him prior and know his feelings on some of these people who come knocking on his door, and he has done me the favor a few times too of listening to them in my stead, so it was my turn today…and so I took on the assignment dutifully, seeing how I know no one else in the area wanted to listen… I know that because they all asked me the same thing, “Why do you give them so much time if you don’t even believe in the same thing?”
That is a good question. I give them the time, because it helps them get it off their chest and makes them feel good that they may have helped someone to salvation whether they did or didn’t. So I figure if they feel good that helps me to feel good, because in my eyes we are here to help each other in whatever way we can as long as it harms none. That is a Wiccan stance and I’m sticking to it. According to the Wiccan Rede “Do as you will as long as it harms none.” I’m a Universalist, but I do love the Wiccan ideals. I like the Buddhist ideals too. Christians aren’t horrible, but for me in my opinion, that is as long as you stay away from the Old Testament as far as I’m concerned. But that is just an opinion by me. I am not trying to be offensive to the Christian Community. In all honesty, I love Christians. Some of my best friends are Christians. But I happen to believe that Christ was a Thervadian Buddhist, and that his remains lay within a tomb in Kashmir in India. However that doesn’t mean that I have to be a smuck and insult the wonderfully nice people that were obviously trying to enlighten me with views that obviously had a remarkable change for the better in their lives. The BBC Documentary “Did Christ Die” made a very good case on this, and I liked what they had to say. So, I admit that I half-heartedly listened to them as I let it go in one ear and out the other. I just basically agreed without saying a word to disagree without causing them much or any distress to their ideas. I figured what could it possibly hurt to let them talk if it made them feel better about themselves, their ideas, and gave them pleasure to think that they may have enlightened and/or helped me in some way with their point of view.
I have to admit that I like the Jehovah’s Witness for the most part. They don’t believe in fighting wars in much the same manor that Christ did. They don’t believe that Christ was/is the Almighty God like some Christians do. They do not have a clergy class…I’m thinking that is because they view clergy class to be a form of political ambitioning, and they aren’t lead by political ambitions and/or goals. They’re belief system is structured around peace, nonviolence, love of neighbor, and unity. I have to admit these are all great views, that I believe more people should practice whether they believe in a divine being/entity/deity or not. But a lot of people don’t, and that makes me very sad, because despite the fact that I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness, I find that there belief structure is rather ideal. So what if I don’t believe the same way about Christ/Jehovah. The structure is good and sound, and more people should incorporate it into their belief system if they haven’t already. The Wiccans, Buddhist, and Tao already have from what I’ve read. I know that their are many that do have the same ideals incorporated into their spiritual ideal, but I think we are a ways off still before we obtain world peace. I think that we will be closer to world peace when more spiritual ideals/views have incorporated share a similar philosophy/view point as the Jehovah’s Witness of peace, nonviolence, love of neighbor (despite their views), and unity. The way things are going though…I have to wonder…will we ever, ever be able to make it to world peace. I can only hope, pray, and keep a positive attitude about our situation and future. That doesn’t mean we will make it, but my hope for the future is a positive one.