when will the world learn to shut the hell up
by ashley102
(613 views) - 1/9/06
(recorded 1/9/06 @ 10:33:42 PM)
So I know that it's no longer officially the holiday season and what-not, but I just realized how much something bothers me. I was reading a somewhat close friend's journal entry (on another journaling website, of course) and I couldn't help but completely and utterly disagree with him. Simply put, he hates the idea of the world taking Christ out of Christmas. Now, I do understand the concern of this, for I am also a self-acknowledged Christian. However, here is where my view differs. Who the hell cares what the world is doing. For me, all that matters is that I believe that Christmas is, first and foremost, about God and appreciating my relationship with Jesus, etc, etc. Then comes the fun stuff with presents, food, family, and such. That’s how I grew up. We respect the holiday for what it is, and also for how much fun it can be universally. So my problem is that people seem to get so worked up over it all. So, don’t. Believe what you believe. Don’t throw it on everyone else. If they want to call it Chrismahanakwanzakah, then let them. It’s not hurting anybody.

Like wise…

I was recently at a Christian book store with my father, who went to exchange a bible that he had received as a present. I thought to myself “hey, might as well browse around while my dad finds the bible he wants.” So I find myself over by the current issues section of the store, just out of curiosity of how conservative of views this store might carry (for I’m much the opposite). I, being an admittedly huge Harry Potter fan, found a book that seemed to address the whole controversy of how Harry Potter books may or may not influence kids to do witchcraft. I think I knew the book would piss me off, but I like to know all sides of an issue, so I opened it anyways. Bad idea. After reading a few words of how Satan is using Harry Potter to bring kids to “his side” and that Harry Potter teaches nothing of good morals, but only ideas of Satanism, I practically threw the book down and stormed out. This experience sounds petty, yes. But it just truly baffles me how anybody can believe this. And for one thing, its fiction. Make believe, people. Imaginations. We all have one. For another, if you’re kid is so dense as to believe that the whole Harry potter world is real, you need to sit down with him or her and have a talk. If my kid wanted to read Harry potter, I would simply explain to him or her that it’s a fantasy book, that in real-life, yes there is such thing as witchcraft, but its not quite the same as the care free magic stuff, and finally, that its easy to look at the underlying message of the book, which is, essentially, that of good versus evil and good wins in the end. That’s it.

I understand that books can and will influence children to do things that aren’t always positive. But good lord, come on. To me it comes down to a parenting issue. Talk to your kids. Explain to them the difference of real life versus fiction. Does this not make sense? That’s how my parents raised me. They always explained to me the different sides of issues and allowed me to come to an understanding of what was right and wrong.

It just seems to me that people get way worked up over the tiniest things. Most of it is not necessary. Some is, but most, is not.

I know religion is a very important thing to the majority of people. My spirituality is extremely important to me. However, there is no reason that one needs to completely block out the real world because of it. When I lived in California, we celebrated every holiday in school. That means Christmas, Chinese New Year, Ramadan, kwanza, etc. And if you were celebrating a holiday that the school didn’t know about, you were excused for that day, or week, or whatever. If you didn’t agree with a holiday the school was celebrating, you were, again, excused. It was either that, or you put your child in a private religious school. The end. No fuss. This was not so much the case when I lived in Tennessee, to say the least.

I just do not understand the need to make a huge deal out of the whole holiday thing. If you celebrate it, fine. If you don’t agree with it, fine.

I know this is not as easy as it sounds. I also recognize that I probably come off as pretty naïve. But oh well. Perhaps this is my way of expressing my wishes for the world, no matter how inconceivable they might be. Isn’t that how change begins, anyways?

So maybe, just maybe, one day people will realize that there are more important things in life than worrying about whether or not everyone else has the same opinion and beliefs as them. Maybe one day, we can really truly learn to accept all of those around us.

Maybe, but probably not.
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Christian fundamentalists are like any other sort of fundamentalist—difficult to tell apart from extremists. They often have a great deal of trouble stepping back in their world view and actually understanding that not all cultures, experiences or people follow the same rules, and that not all the rules apply evenly to everyone's perception of things.

It's frustrating that so many people seem so unable to broaden their understanding, if not their acceptance, but that's the case and it's the case across the board. Arguing with a fundamentalist is about as futile an exercise as it can get, and one of the most frustrating to boot.

Probably not, I think almost certainly not. Agreeing to disagree is almost as unlikely for some people as everyone agreeing on the same thing. As long as there are different individuals, there will be different beliefs, moral scales, and even levels of acceptance, understanding and worldview perceptions.

   [disillusioned (J:: M) 1/10/06 7:22 AM]

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