You're stereotyping me, did you ever think about it that way??

Sunday, March 28, 2010

There is a lot of judgement that goes around the world today. It fires back and forth across the senate floor, the world and our country, and across the classroom. Many people assume that religions often are more judgmental than others. While it is true that most religions have a very strict code of ethics and rules to adhere to, not all members are willing to take the seat of the magistrate. I wrote this back in high school, but I think it's still relevant today. I am posting it here with minor editing.

1. I'm not going to impose my beliefs on you. I will share and invite, but beating you over the head and berating you constantly really isn't my main goal in life or the purpose of my religion. Just so you know.
2. Please don't impose your beliefs on me. Your beliefs, your opinions, your prejudices, your misconceptions... share, I'd love to talk, but don't expect me to take them up.
3. I'd prefer if you don't offend other people (persons, races, groups, religions, whatever) around me. If you're ignorant enough to make such assumptions, I'd rather not be offended by them.
4. I am allowed to be offended when you offend someone else of the human race. I happen to be a member of that particular group.
5. A square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle is not always a square. (just because something falls into a group, it doesn't mean that it applies to all. some specifics are just for a few.)
6. Don't be self righteous -and I don't care if you believe in original sin or not- it's annoying as crap and it'd be best if you didn't ask me to start pointing out your flaws.
7. This is not aimed at any specific person, I just heard one comment too many today and I decided to practice my preaching.
8. I don't care if you agree with a person or not- they are a person and you should respect them and take into account their positions on things. Whatever it may be.
9. Don't be so stupid as to believe everything you hear/see. (Yes, that could include this.)
10. You don't know the whole story unless you had a part in it. Just think about that the next time you ponder judging someone.
11. Just because I am a Christian, it doesn't mean that I cannot get along with someone else. When I was baptized, I didn't join a selective cult of people. I do want to get to know you and I'll try not to pass judgement on you for whatever you are/say/do.

I realize that i have my own failures. I really do love all people and I hope that you have a nice day. While you are having a nice day, do something nice for someone else. Buy flowers for your mum. Hold open the door. Apologize for stepping on someone's foot in the hall. Whatever you feel like. I don't mean to sound angry, but I am. A little. Just a combination of a lot of idiotic things that really push my buttons sort of overflowed. It's not directed at you, just the rude people in humanity in general.

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