It is plainly evident that our country is not headed towards, but already engaged in Culture War. Many will use the words “Liberal vs. Conservative” or “Tolerant vs. Intolerant” and even “Loving vs. Hateful”…. But none of these are correct… Not really.
Can we just call it what it is?
Good vs. Evil? No …
Right vs. Wrong? No…
It’s Human vs.Human… Here is why.
With the onslaught of so-called “Human Rights Issues” at the center of this war, one view or belief opposed to another are the grounds for battle and words are the weapons of choice (for the time being anyway). One group believes one doctrine or philosophy, while the other believes differently and by and large the conflict, no matter how large an convoluted it has become really boils down to one single point of focus –
Conform to my way or you are “_____________________”
Agree with me or you are “__________________”
If you believe “_________________” then it means “____________________”
You fill in these blanks with whatever misdefined words you’d like, they all fit – Bigot , Intolerant , Hateful or my personal all time fave is when you take the beginning of any word to indicate behavior of a person and then just add “phobic ” to the end of it to imply that in some way I am terrified of this person or the implications of what accepting this behavior would mean.
(I began to type “childish” next, but I don’t want to insult innocent children.)
Ridiculous. This term is more fitting. It is absolutely ridiculous that we reduce human beings down to a label by using a word targeted to affect them and essentially provoke the reaction. A ridiculous part of that formula is that fact that in almost every case these words are used incorrectly when doing so!
Example – “Bigot”
noun – a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions
So, if logic is applied – wouldn’t a person labeling another this for having a different view or belief than his own also be guilty?
Example – “Intolerant”
adjective – not tolerant of views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own.
So again, if logic is applied – wouldn’t a person labeling another this for having a different view or belief than his own also be guilty?
Example – “_________phobic”
phobic – See phobia
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational.
Again, apply logic…. Would one who vehemently names some as phobic not also be guilty of being phobic to the view of the other?
Surely, you see my point.
For every misuse of these misdefined words(and so many others not listed) , we perpetuate war that will ONLY PUSH US FARTHER from the “so-called ” goal that is touted by both sides in this-
UNITY will NEVER be reached.
PEACE will NEVER be attained.
HUMANITY will be LOST and NOT GAINED.
You see, we are failing to see the common-ground we all share, and prefer to use it for a battle-ground – We are all human.
Each of us are human and whether you are like me , a believer in God as creator and lover of the creation or a devout Atheist that believes the opposite – the one thing neither of us can escape is the common ground we both possess – We are BOTH human and both valuable.
The point of this article is not to try to convert you to my beliefs. While that is what I will always do for someone who is searching , I can also recognize that many are NOT searching and no matter how much my heart may ache for you, I can not and should not force MY faith on YOU. Doing so negates free will and the very premise on which I act and believe.
However, believing something differently than me doesn’t require me to hate you.
No, truthfully – If I really care like my beliefs teach that I should , hating you would be counter productive.
However – not approving of your actions is completely acceptable and by fair contrast – also acceptable for you to not approve of mine! The mind-blowing part of it all, is that neither of us has to hate each other for it!
Whoa – what a concept!
The freedom that this country grants us in part is the freedom to believe what we choose. For me – my standard is the Bible because I believe it is God’s word and therefore, I want to follow it through and through.
You may not.
So rather than label you, provoke you, or malign you – I will recognize that you are human and prone to error – just as I am and maybe someday, some way – we can meet in the common ground of humanity and have an intelligent conversation about our differences and behave like … Well, HUMANs.
I’ll be praying for us all.
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