This one really bites. I have to admit my level of frustration has hit an all-time high in these divisive times. But at the risk of undoing this lovely sentiment…it is really not any of the #1 issues, although that is what we want to blame, that truly drives me crazy. It is the sheer amount of ignorance or the unwillingness to listen that is truly the reason for this discord. It is the use of “holier than thou” religion to justify misogyny, ignorance, and prejudice. If you study carefully, you will come to understand that the true root of all of this world’s hate, evil, and every single war throughout history always, always boils down to one or both of these two reasons, and typically they are found working together…GREED and RELIGION! I suspect greed is an ugly part of human nature and will be a dark part of each of us, a part that we all need to recognize and understand how harmful it can be. But I believe that religion (almost every religion) is the tool that fans the conflict and convinces us it is ok to politically control others through fear... Religion is the vehicle that spreads greed and fear. The intelligent examination of the issue and thorough consideration of love, peace, fairness, and human feelings will point you to the right thing for all people…not just you or your group of common believers. Joining a tribe of “like minds” because it feels better just to be accepted and liked is never the right thing to do. This is the same mentality, the need to belong, that encourages the hate and violence of street gangs. Trust the “good” that dwells in all of us, that recognize our differences and celebrate, uphold love and appreciate another's point of view. That is when we might all listen and learn something loving.
"I believe in Love" Indigo Girls