On the planet Earth at this time, we have Israelis squabbling with Palestinians in the Middle East. War in Afghanistan. Conservative Christians on a global crusade against “Muslim extremism.” Just a few examples of the many disputes that rage at any one time, where differences in religious faith can be identified as the root cause.
Chunks of land and how they’re shared out is often the justification touted, although more often, it is presented as a perceived “right to self-determination and the preservation of ancient traditions and customs.” Alternatively, it may be presented as a self-proclaimed responsibility to the one true God, to spread the good word, so to speak.
To these and other ends, for example, the Christian Catholic Church was directly responsible for the torture of millions of innocent people, mostly women, and the murder of tens of thousands of them during the dark ages. The Crusades would be another historic example of the use of violence in this context.
More recent examples include attempted genocides, such as that perpetrated against the Bosnian Muslims just some years ago, and of course the murder of six million Jews during the second world war. The wars and atrocities still rage today, at the moment mainly in the middle east, but not exclusively there.
Could it be that religious faith, which should by its nature bring out the best in us all, actually succeeds mainly in bringing out the worst?
Think of your own faith, if you have one. How different is it to your neighbour’s faith, and their neighbour’s, and theirs? We live in a pluralist society, which apparently means that we have a high level of acceptance of several alternative or sub-cultures within it. How much acceptance have you of other people’s faith?
If you’re Catholic and your offspring declared an intention to marry a Jew, or you’re Protestant and your offspring fell in love with a Catholic, or you’re Muslim and your offspring falls for a Hindu, how would you react? Does it seem tolerance stops at our own doorsteps? To some, this applies to their country’s borders also, assuming they can agree on where those borders should be, and whether to build a wall to prevent those darned foreigners from getting in.
Intolerance starts not with faith, or with the country, but with the individual. This then, tells us where the solution lies, does it not? The individual is one of a co-creative consciousness of 7.5billion people. (World population 2017). Incidentally, the planet resources are capable of feeding up to 10billion people. I’ll just leave that thought with you.
Each individual who believes in freedom of expression and religious faith can make a personal commitment to themselves to support that principle with integrity every day.
When the “tipping point” is reached and a majority (of 1 🙂) on Planet Earth are and express commitment to this freedom, acting on that commitment when necessary every day, the extremists will have nowhere left to go. No-one will be selling them guns mainly because those who were will have had their political lies and false flags shoved where the sun don’t shine. No-one will believe the lies anymore!
The corporate and political elite only exist because we allow it. The military-industrial complex exists because we allow it. The corrupt pharmaceutical industry exists because we allow it. Nuclear weapons exist because we allow it. War exists because we allow it!
We are all individuals but we all also represent one light of hope within a co-creative consciousness of 7.5billion.
The one thing the criminal World elite fear most is humanity’s collective consciousness. That’s why all their effort goes into promoting division instead of unity. Scarcity instead of plenty. War instead of peace.
Without division, there would be no war for the military-industrial complex to profit from. With cures for sickness and disease, those who control the pharmaceutical corporations would all have to get jobs at Burger King. Without scarcity and deprivation, there would be no unequal distribution of resources and no so-called elite.
God loves us all regardless of our faith or even whether we have one. We came here however with free will and with that comes responsibility. No-one is going to rescue us at the brink if we don’t do it for ourselves.
It’s time for the Human Race to get off its collective knees!