The Dissemination of Thought

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Tolerance and Twitter: why God doesn’t care about hashtags

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Tolerance. It’s easier to say than to practically apply. A piece today on Impassioned Rantings of an Unbalanced Mind looks at religious types who are demonstrating impressive levels of intolerance toward the Twitter hashtag #godisnotgreat following the death of Christopher Hitchens. Like many who push hatred and narrow-mindedness, these God-fearing, allegedly benevolent individuals are doing so via the safety and relative anonymity of the internet. After reading it, I have to question whether for some, it’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do”.

Isn’t it ironic that those who are often the least tolerant of difference are the same people whose beliefs preach compassion for others and the acceptance of their flaws and misgivings? Let’s face it: regardless of what you believe, what form your deity takes or whether you have the spirituality of a cardboard box, we’re all pretty fucked up.

Without getting too deep and philosophical (because that’s so not me), we need to remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, and just because someone doesn’t have the same religious persuasion as you doesn’t make them wrong. Someone isn’t any better or worse than you because they’ve made different life decisions. At the end of the day, we’re all just living. If we can accept that and accept others, it’s a step in the right direction.

Would a “peace out” in closing be too much?

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  1. I read someplace . . . “We are not human beings experiencing a spiritual journey, but spiritual beings experiencing a human journey.” As such, should we not have tolerance of one another’s human experiences. Human by definition is imperfect. It is truly sad to see those that hold themselves above and apart as better fail so fully to understand what they claim as their most basic belief . . . love and acceptance of their fellow travellers.

    Very good post.

    Miss Demure Restraint

    December 18, 2011 at 11:13

    • Everyone’s story begins and finishes the same way, irrespective of the quality of the chapters in between.


      December 18, 2011 at 12:31

  2. Well said.


    December 20, 2011 at 12:06

    • Thank you. It’s frustrating that people so often lose sight of what it is they are supposed to be, purely because they spend too much time condemning those who are different.


      December 20, 2011 at 12:24

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