“Your next breath is never guaranteed. Stand up for what you believe in!”
I thought this the other day and wanted to post it on the Hungry For Living Facebook page. It dawned on me though that I would be encouraging the people I disagree with to continue to feel a way that I believe is wrong. But just because they don’t believe in the same things as me I cannot fault them. Everyone is free to hold their own ideas about anything and everything in this world. It’s one of the benefits of having our own mind and a privilege to voice them in this country.
I realize though that there is a difference. If I choose to express my opinion and views on others I am spreading awareness on a topic I am passionate about. When you berate, condemn, or ostracize someone else for their beliefs you are spreading hate.
I have never judged, beat, tortured, discriminated against, humiliated, persecuted or even murdered someone because their beliefs differed from mine. We all have the right to grow, cultivate and form our own opinions. No one is born to hate another individual, hate is learned. It sickens me the way so many people take it upon themselves to judge how others live their lives. Its irritating to see people hate how others live when it in no way impacts their own lives. After all the progress we have made in following the mantra that all men (and woman) are created equal, you would think people would think twice before disregarding another human being. You wouldn’t hate someone for voting differently from you, believing in a different religion or even choosing to dress differently than you, so why than can you not help but hate someone who loves differently than you.
We all have a right to live our lives the way we want to, and that includes loving whoever you want to. Just because it may not be the way you feel love should be does not give anyone the right to stop that love from happening. These are rights everyone has and should not need to be voted on. It’s hypocritical to take our god given rights and let others choose whether or not you deserve them.
People are up in arms right now about gay rights and whether homosexual couples should be allowed to marry. Why not? What will allowing two people in love to marry change for anyone else?
I myself have two moms. They are no different than any other couple and have a wonderful stable, loving marriage. The thing is my two moms raised me to accept others and their beliefs. No matter the color of their skin, religion, gender, economic background or sexual preference. I do not discriminate against you because you may not agree with my opinions or if my family disgusts you and that’s the difference. You may not agree with me but I would never hold that against you. Think about that the next time you judge someone for something they cannot control. Whether or not you agree with them why spend the time trying to take away their rights as a human being.
When I grow old I will look back on my life happily and know I enjoyed every moment to the fullest Do you really want to look back and realize you wasted your life spreading hate and being angry over other people’s lives and forgetting to enjoy your own?
What do you think?