It has been very hard to keep up with the politics and general status quo these days. There is so much fear and hate... and yes anger. I know some wonderful Christians, Jews, Muslims, Catholics and people of most faiths but there are those that want to speak for the masses of Christians or Jews or Muslims or what have you - and they are often times loud - and I hear a message of hate and fear from them. Sometimes those voices are more moderate but like the proverbial squeaky wheel, it is the ones that are loudest that seem to get the most attention. Those are the ones that might cater to our base instincts, our fears, prejudices and dissonance. I wonder, where has moderation gone? What has happened to create a loss of intelligent, civil discourse and moderation.
There is a difference in the world, their has been a shift in where the reasonable, honest people of the world endeavor to live in a fair, equatable air of freedom. I've seen in Egypt a people, proud with an honorable commitment to a peaceful movement attempting to make a change. Here in the United States I see a need to use fear and deceitful, divisive posturing to win a position any way they can. Where will we go next? In which direction will we choose to turn? What kind of character will we display. The character of the last several decades is one that has built itself upon the foundation of hate, fear and selfishness.
I think we can do better. We should begin to acknowledge our mistakes and think more seriously about where we want to go, what kind of place we want our country to be, not just for ourselves but for everyone. Stop and think about what you are saying, preaching and teaching those your life touches. Make America our America one for only a select few or those that think a certian way.
The Democrats aren't much better! I think the conservative party has gone off its rails but like I said earlier the Democrats have a bunch of cheap, lying, crooks in their ranks too! I'm willing to bet you realize that but just didn't take the time to mention it.
About faith and believing - sure it is ok but coupled with fanaticism it becomes a dangerous thing. Without questioning your beliefs, and that goes for anything you risk acceptance without understanding. Unless you are willing to rationalize your beliefs.