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Religion of Choice

I went to a concert this week of an artist most people know: Santana. The concert was amazing, but it was the words he spoke that were inspiring. 

Santana talked about love and feeling free, which is how I feel most of the time, but what really captured my ears, was when he asked atheists to raise their hands in the crowd. The crowd started booing, but he stopped them and said that we are a people of choice. Therefore, if we choose to be spiritual, then that means that we accept and love all choices even atheism. 

Profound. I believe in loving and respecting all choices, no matter religion or beliefs or thoughts. It is this choice that makes us special and gives us greatness within. Without choice, we would be like robots that are programmed to think one way. 

So I encourage you to live a life of choice and freedom and to encourage others to do the same. We are individuals, meaning that we are each different and unique, and when we come together, we are strong in our numbers, because we all have greatness within us.

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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Unknown to this World

 

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When we bleed, We bleed the same

I know most people judge each other based on culture, language, and race, but why are we prejudice about careers, family life, and daily decisions? This is a common trap among society today and I even find myself caught occasionally. I blame the way we think, the disrespect, the ignorance.

Today I was riding the bus and I was so disturbed by the lack of respect by a menopausal woman to the bus driver. It actually made me angry to the point where I wanted to confront her. She was complaining about how the bus wasn’t leaving and it was supposed to leave at 8:30. She claimed it was 8:35 (based on her wristwatch), when in fact the satellite clocks on the bus said 8:28. Now, I don’t know if she was having a bad day or maybe there were other factors in her life making her so unpleasant, but she was making the driver feel like sh**. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, because I don’t know what is going on in their lives. Maybe something truly terrible has happened to them. However, this driver did not deserve her snide comments and angry retorts.

Is driving a bus less dignified or respectable than being a CEO of a business? Does selling fruit on the street make you a beggar? No! Stop acting like you are better! Without people who provide a service, we would have to make our own coffee or change the brakes on our cars! We would have to go pick the food off of a farm and even grow it ourselves! I hate the phrase ‘shut up’, but I believe it is time to use it. Shut up with the complaining and the prejudice! Why must we think this way? When did nobility and modesty become old-fashioned?

We are all here on the planet together, and it is only together that we will thrive. It is true, we do all bleed the same. Calling someone names or telling someone they are not ‘worth it’, that their life and their job is not important, pierces the heart. Enough stab wounds and it will bleed out. The heart will dry out and die, and if the body has no heart, no soul, then it is nothing more than a walking corpse. It does not beat with life. It is not alive.

By causing harm, by disrespecting other people, you are killing them. It is like a poison that slowly spreads throughout the body…

I don’t want to live in a dead world anymore. Nor do I want my children to grow up in a soulless status.

So my question is to you: Are you alive?

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