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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Choices and Opinions

Okay, fair warning... this is a major rant so if you don't want to read it, I really don't blame you. But I keep hearing and reading what I call "an either/or" mentality... as if there is only one choice to any problem.

Right now on the news they are suggesting there are only two choices for Christmas shopping... Black Friday or Online shopping. Seriously? Are you saying there are no other options to buy Christmas gifts? And I'm amazed at how many people buy into this. You mean no one will be going to small local stores, or people will not be buying things all year long, or the thought of handmade and homemade gifts are out of the question? Or maybe just get fed up and go with a no gifts holiday?

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

I saw some people "discussing" the refugee situation, and how since we "can't take of our own" we should not take care of anyone else. No, we CHOOSE to not take care of our own... not only returned military and veterans, but the homeless, hungry and mentally ill. We could take care of them if we wanted to, but too many religious leaders and politicians prefer to live in mansions and drive expensive cars and send the message that this is what all of us should do. We should take care of them all!! We need to support school levies because our children are our future. We need to make sure all people have a place to live, no matter where they came from, have enough to eat and have proper medical attention. But those are no longer priorities. The only thing that is important is money and profits.

Then there is the argument between prolife and pro-choice and that you can only be one!! Bullshit. A lot of people believe that ALL life is important, not just pregnancy, that the quality of life is important at ALL stages and that people need to have the choice of what that means to them. This includes not just abortion, but also birth control and sexual identity. If you don't want to have an abortion or marry someone of the same sex, then don't. But you don't have the right demand that everyone else do what you insist is the only way to do it.

And lastly, for this rant, anyway, is all this crap about religion. It seems like there are only two choices for that. Either you are a Christian or you're not. And if you are not, you are the evil incarnate. And banish the idea that you could ever combine two or more religious practices!!! I'm getting really tired of seeing comments from both sides.... that everyone needs to "simply be a Christian" or that all religion needs to be abolished. You know there are many of us in between these two. Whatever happened free will and free choice? How does my own person beliefs make any kind of impact on your own? And if it does, you really don't have much faith in your own beliefs.

Religious freedom means ALL religions or no religion. Our US constitution assures that. Don't believe me? Go read it for yourself. And religious freedom doesn't mean just Christian religions, especially since so many Christians can't agree about what that means anyway.

Opinions are important and it's important that we share them. But there are two things you have to remember about opinions... they are not facts and they only apply to ourselves.

If you attempt to force your opinion on others, at least get your "facts" straight before you do.

There is never just one way to do anything; not what we believe, think, do, read, eat, wear, live, and everything else in life. I've had so many people tell me "you're doing it wrong" simply because my way was different from theirs... from my belief system to how I crochet and sew.

We are not robots, we are human beings and as humans there is no way we all are going to see things eye to eye and from the same perspective? Is it really so hard to expect acceptance at other ways to do things? It doesn't mean you have to embrace those other ways...just respect the right to make those choices.

If you want the right to make your own choices, in anything, you need to extend those same rights to everyone else on the planet. All 8 billion of us.

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