February 23rd, 2005

Edge of the world

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It's interesting how it seems to be becoming more and more difficult to be a moderate. You're either liberal or extreme right (I simply refuse to call that 'conservative', as I see conservative as a synonym for moderate), or at least that's how it often appears. People seem to be expected to fall into certain stereotypical patterns, where apparently supporting certain policies necessitates supporting others. Worse still are the assumptions based upon religion. I just do not get that. In fact, I am rather appalled at how religion so often over-runs politics. Frankly, I don't care if my leader worships three dead fleas kept in a tiny glass case on his bedside table and genuinely believes that a model truck perched on his television answers prayers and causes the sun to rise every morning. As long as they are doing their job of adequately governing the population, they can believe whatever they want, it's of no concern to me. You don't need to preach any particular faith or have a total lack of religion to properly legislate to protect the basic rights of people to live in freedom and safety.

I'd much rather see religion inspire campaigns of poverty relief than divisive political battles. I really don't think the marriage of those two fellows in the next suburb should take precedence over thousands dying daily in Darfur. We need to learn to live with each other's differences. Dobson and Co. over at Focus on the Family need to focus a bit on correcting their own hatemongering and their actions that so totally defy the religious teachings they profess belief in. And people elsewhere ... let's just say that I cannot grasp ethnic or religious conflict. So you're a white Christian and your next door neighbour's a black Hindu. That's not any reason to go and smack the bloke in the face or set fire to his house.

Of course, I'm just such a pacifist at heart, maybe too much of one in the sense it makes me too idealistic at times. That's strange for a guy who enjoys writing and reading action novels, but quite true. I simply do not comprehend violence and hate, and I don't understand why people allow trivial differences to spiral into outright conflict and hate. It staggers me that religion, a force of unification and good, is twisted so prolifically to be a force of hate, and how race and ethnicity, matters that cannot be helped, are used to justify hate and vilification. It makes no sense to me.

Anyhow, I'm not really trying to go to any particular concluding point with this entry. Have a good and peaceful one, folks.
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