We all believe in something. Now, before I continue writing this blog post, whether you are an atheist or a devote believer, we must remember to be patient and tolerant even in the midst of our own beliefs. It is this perspective, a sincere outlook that we have towards our fellow man and woman that we should follow. We are all different and that we can all agree on.
Religion is a taboo topic. It is a sensitive one at that. We hear about the conflicts between religious sects and faith groups every day. Read the latest news-feed and it’s probably about this subject. Religion is a controversial issue for many. People have fought and died defending their religious beliefs. Listen to the radio, watch your local news channel and be reminded of its tragic result. Religious conviction can be a powerful and vindictive tool in the hands of people.
But there is also another side to religion that many media formats tend to ignore. The news has been configured in a way that we only hear about the worst of what this world has to offer. Unfortunately, we have been led to believe that the news is not news unless there is a tragic conclusion. Religion, when there is a peaceful and open gathering of people, inspires us to celebrate the given moment with decorations, music, and personalized stationery. Let’s us not forget about the people who are suffering. They are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Our religious celebrations, for the most part, are defined by tradition and ritual. There is much to celebrate. We invite the people inside and outside our flock by giving them a personalized invitation. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and every other religious group I have failed to mention, we all believe in something – don’t we? Believe it or not, we are all very similar.
The human condition is what binds us. Yes, we all want to be a part of something greater. We rejoice, pray, and argue together. And after all that has been said and done we celebrate our religious rites of passage in solidarity. Humanity is a mysterious construct. What makes us human is up for debate much like every other complex subject that defines us. Still, we value what we believe in, regardless of what others may think or do.
What makes us human? Fields of study like art, literature, psychology, and science are also proposed secular concepts. Faith is a spiritual idea and for many that is enough to answer the previous question. In the end, it is not about what makes us human or who is right or wrong. It is about how we spend our time here together in cultural and religious harmony.