I’ve reached a point in life where I no longer have the desire to argue or debate beliefs with anyone. I still enjoy discussions, but not everyone is capable of that so I’m hesitant to go there. I enjoy the fellowship of a wide variety of people from all backgrounds and have found friendship to be way more valuable than being in total agreement on matters.
Here’s the ironic thing: I see people who don’t even like each other, who stick together because they share the same political or religious views. Even crazier is that I also see people who would make great friends if they didn’t despise each other because of religion or politics.
I don’t have to agree with your beliefs to respect them, but I can lose that respect by the way you present them. Rolling Thunder was a Native American medicine man who said , “A belief is as productive or destructive as a person chooses it to be.”
That’s what it all comes down to, not your belief but the way you present it and live it. “There is no separation of individual and society, between matter and spirit, between each of us and the whole of nature. The atmosphere we live in is created by relationships, alliances and balances between energies, powers and spirits.”
In other words, everything affects everything. If you take a pebble and toss it into a calm pond, it makes ripples. If you toss a bucketful of pebbles into the same calm pond they will all make ripples that gently run into other ripples. That’s us living on this earth together. Some folks choose to make a splash that disrupts the natural flow of energy and ideas, their side is 100% right and the other side is wrong. It’s “us against them.” If you find yourself in that position, you are in the wrong, even if you are right.
It’s okay to share beliefs but never okay to try to sell them. Live your beliefs and let others see the good in you. Also, let other people live their lives and be sure to look for the good in them.
One last thought about politics and religion. Neither is worth fighting over and neither is worth making enemies. The politics that upset you today will be gone and replaced by different politics that will also upset you tomorrow. As for religion, anyone with spiritual depth will continue to evolve, so where you are now, isn’t where you will be in a couple of years.
It’s your choice if you want to look for things to disagree over and fight or if you want to find common ground and build friendships. Just remember that with conflict comes unhappiness and anger, on the other hand, a widespread circle of friends feeds and enlightens the soul. – Coov
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