Thursday, August 14, 2008

I Believe...

I believe the world would be a far better place if people just used the words "I believe..." more often.

I'm guilty of leaving them out, too. I'm guilty of thinking people who don't think like I do are insane or at the least very, very wrong. I don't like that about myself, tho. I'm trying to get past it. I want to respect my fellow woman (and fellow man) - but it's hard sometimes. It's really hard when they leave logic behind for canon and dogma.

If they'd just say, "I believe...", and maybe add a "because" in there somewhere - I could at least respect that. But if they say, "This is how it is." I fight back, automatically, head first, and without thinking. Then I feel like an ass.

I'd still like to banish organized religion. I don't care if you want to worship a god or a monkey or gum on the bottom of your shoe. But, I don't want you to try to convert me to magic-monkeyism or the cult of double mint. I just want you to form your own opinions that have reason behind them - not an old book, or a "because my pastor said so."

Just think about it for a while before you spew it back out at me. That's all I really want. I want you to think for yourself.