. . . . .We all build walls to guard the parts of us that can be easily hurt by someone we love. “Guard the part from even you, afraid of hurt from loving me.” A line from a poem I wrote.
So often people look the other way and pretend things don’t exist, but we have done that for so long and it has added to the predicament our country, or world, is in today. Today the subject is, again, religion. When someone else’s faith interferes with my life I don’t like it.
Everyone has the right to choose their faith. I am a Nichiren Buddhist. If you don’t want to be one, too, that is fine. My faith doesn’t affect you. But if you are Christian your faith intrudes into my life in many ways.
There is not a single breath in me that believes in a power outside myself that actually knows little ol’ me, understands my thoughts or desires, has a plan for my life I should trust and also has a personality and emotions. Two of those emotions are anger and hate, because he sure does hate gays I’ve been told. I find that thought rather ridiculous. But what I believe, I don’t insist everyone else has to believe. Each of us has to find our own way through life. We can also choose nothing at all, which is also our choice. Most people believe what they were taught, consider that to be truth and look no further. Again, their choice.
Yesterday I read God caused the floods in La to punish the gays. How did that become newsworthy? That stunt was also floated by ( wow, a pun) during Hurricane Katrina. He also didn’t cure me of Hep C. ( I just got my last test results. Clear after 42 years. A miracle!!! Nope, not even one teeny tiny prayer to anything “out there” to fix me. So I wonder how I did it? How did I get cured if I didn’t need a Celestial Being to do it? Why would anyone? Because a Christian would believe God saved them and that would be proof of His existence. But that’s okay – if it makes you happy. The whole point is being cured however it happened.
The country I live is politically trying to use personal faith to control the politics of a country through “Biblical Law”. That makes me very angry. We know that is what they are trying to do. If you sincerely are Christian and you approve of everyone having to live their lives based on corrupt politicians using the Christian faith for control so they can push through policies you might think are good for YOU but bad for others, then you are aiding the failure of this country. The supposedly devout Christian politicians – The “White Right” are about as far from being Christian as possible. The fact that there are states where you have to declare your Christianity to even hold public office is scary. Anyone can say anything. Then they have to go to church to be seen even though their actions outside the church are opposite of what they declare is truth. That tells you their belief is only as deep as the hair on their skin.
The fact that we got as close as we did to having a presidential candidate who thinks he is an “Anointed Christ King” is scary as hell. There are people who actually approve of this fanatic! Sadly, we’ll have to deal with him again in 3 years. Our contenders for office, who are declared Christians are lying through their teeth. They only want the Christian vote, of Christians who say they are, but aren’t or maybe are. Three is more than one kind of Christian.
Through our bought and paid for media along with the Trumpster, many people now believe all Muslims are terrorists, the same way Muslims not living here think all Christians are terrorists. So who are the real terrorists? Are you one? Do you fear Muslims whose only “crime” is being Muslim. Are you hateful?
Don’t get me wrong. I know there are people who honestly try to live the life of a Christian, and there are some who are in it for the social life and activities. I have Christian friends – just not the hateful ones. I got rid of those. Some people are just good people, regardless of their faith.
Buddhists consider the law of cause and effect to be absolute, just like gravity on earth is absolute. Christianity has the same teaching – You reap what you sow – but from what I’ve heard and read it isn’t a lesson that carries much weight. It’s not very important. A pastor in his writings online told his followers not to worry about that phrase, even though it is mentioned dozens of times in the Bible. He said it didn’t matter because Jesus died for their sins. So anyone reading that could take that to mean it doesn’t matter what they do or how they behave because they are saved. Just say the words “forgive me” and all is hunky dory. Oops! Not quite. You might think you are forgiven but there is still the issue of a reaction to every action whether you believe that is true or not. Why strive to be a better person while you are alive if you are saved from repercussions and are going to heaven anyway? Maybe that is why we have so many dirty politicians?
Donald didn’t create the hate. It has always been there. He just let it out of the bottle and people began to show their true natures they had so far had kept hidden. No one would have openly declared themselves to be racist. It would not have been politically correct. Now they can and do.
We had convinced ourselves we were a cut a above other countries. We were special. ( We have bigger guns). Not anymore. All you have to do is tally up the ALL of the gun deaths which is scary. The first half of this year there have been 35,019 gun incidents, 8,963 gun deaths, 413 deaths of children under the age of 11, 1953 deaths of teens ages 11 – 17, 253 mass shootings, 205 cops killed and 1163 people killed by cops. No country in the world comes close to comparing with the US in gun violence yet people still use the term “Christian Nation”. What a joke.
During this political election year I have heard many “good” Christians full of so much hate for a variety of reasons. The Christian Right are some of the most hate Christians alive. It has been so disheartening to me that people who speak so highly of being loved by their God could hate other people so strongly. I can’t wrap my head around that. Can someone explain it to me?
I could not find one gun death in America that was caused by a Buddhist – and there are millions who practice this faith here. NOT ONE. Which faith do you think has the better teaching? Which one would you rather be? God is slipping up here if so many Christians feel they need to carry guns and use them. My sister wears a gold cross around her neck and carries a gun in her purse. Her husband had ALL of his guns taken away after he got drunk and pulled his gun on a friend in the same room with his wife. He can quite Bible verses like a pro. A lot of good that did him.
Okay, that’s it. I’ve said my piece. Like it our lump it
I just had to reblog this. It’s great and oh so well written. you will enjoy it.
Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.
I was lying awake last night, trying to memorize the feeling of everything being right with my family. We’re all healthy, happy, and remarkably satisfied with where we are in life at this exact moment. Even Child #4 has just taken her last ever Uni final, and pronounced herself ready to go off the family payroll.
A friend asked if I ever regretted having so many kids, or the time/money/everything that it took to raise them. She said her book club (having dispensed with the required 8.5 minutes of book-related discussion) were all talking about the reasons their grown children were not producing grandchildren.
That reminded me of this blast-from-the-past I wrote a few years ago.
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CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME? by Sonni Quick copyright 2016
You can add comments about the music under the wave form. You can see the comment I left to show you where.
Written in support of all trans people.
I apologize for my fellow man who doesn’t understand his faults.
IN THE PASSING OF TIME
We live our years, we’re no longer young
Time is passing us by
Are you happy with the choices made
and the person you’ve become?
Does it make you sad when you look back
when you had the chance to choose
but thought your life was all God’s plan
You couldn’t see then what you’d lose
Your very soul when it was young
loved your life like an endless dream
When you look back, then look at now
Did life pass by in an endless stream?
Do you justify your anger?
Do you have the need to fight?
Do you Feel disgust for those you judge?
Did God say you had the right?
So you punch and kick God’s love at them
with hate instead of love
God told you this in a spiteful voice
whispered from above?
Do you justify your righteous thoughts
and think God will forgive?
These ugly thoughts won’t stain your life
Cause you happiness instead?
It’s okay to force God’s love on them,
Make them feel your pain?
The effects of this on your own life
will come back to you again.
When it’s time for me to go,
and when it’s time for you
Was your life what you desired
What do you wish you could undo?
Will it break your heart to think inside
the love that Jesus taught
had turned around inside your soul
Became hate and warped your thoughts
When you were young and life before you
stretched through endless years
did you think you had all the time in the world
to overcome your fears?
Did you think your life was planned for you
so you didn’t have to change?
You could hate and judge and didn’t think
your God would cause you pain?
You have only yourself to blame
at the very end of life
when you didn’t learn the Bible taught
hate would cause you strife
You haven’t learn that you will reap
the effect of causes sown
The words so clear on the Bible’s pages
you’ll pretend you hadn’t known
You can not die with happiness
With a heart intent on pain
I hope the last thing on your mind
is sadly… “I’ll have to live it all again”
You will not have earned the happiness
in the life that is to come
Forgiveness doesn’t ever change
the angry, hurtful things you’ve done
All of us have to pay
the price for things we do
But you’ll get another chance next time
to become a better you
Sonni Quick – a Nichiren Buddhist
Ever since the issue came up of the state that wanted to cause even more hate in this country with the nonexistent issue of trans women molesting four year old girls in restrooms. They caused fear on an issue never before expressed. These Christians thrive on fear and hate. Because of this hate they want to force women to use restrooms based on their birth rather than who they are today and it has brought out ugliness in people that is really quite shameful.
All of the attention, especially on Facebook, with the use of posters, has used guns pointed at these women keeping watch to make sure none of “women” come into the restroom because now they are all concerned that these “men” are going to sexually molest little girls. Was that ever – at any time – an issue? Did it bother any of these people before? Has there ever been a case of a trans woman molesting little a little girl? Does being trans automatically make them a pedophile?
This extreme attention has all been directed at trans women who were born as a male. I have seen absolutely nothing about women who feel they are now supposed to be afraid of trans men. The have had testosterone. Many have grown facial hair – sometimes full beards, and definitely don’t look like women. But not woman has posted anything about these men being in the ladies room, next to them in a stall doing their business. But they DO have to be afraid of heterosexual men barging into the restroom to patrol and ask for ID’s
An important thing to consider; the hateful comments all seem to come from very hateful Christians who feel it goes against their faith – and no – I am NOT saying that all Christians are hateful – but the ones I conversed with definitely were.
Then, to mock me, they said things like, “She’s just a Muslim and can’t help herself,” also maligning, all Muslims. Exactly what did Muslims have to do with this? We have hateful Muslims and good Muslims and we definitely have hateful Christians and good Christians. How any person can think they are a good Christian who practices what it teaches in the Bible, yet can still be so hateful, is beyond comprehension. Are they practicing Christianity, or perhaps some other form of religion that is definitely not based on the lessons taught in the Bible.
I am not a Christian, but I used to be, and I have read the Bible. I don’t remember hate being taught. I do remember being taught to treat people the way I want to be treated. The Bible also teaches what will happen if you don’t. You reap what you sow; in other words, karma. The law of cause and effect. When these Christians get back what they give, in any circumstance, they will most likely cry, “I’m a victim! I don’t deserve this! They have no right to treat me this way!” But that is how you reap what you sow.
Anyone who reads what I write knows I am a long time Buddhist. I don’t shove my faith down others throats. I do not malign other religions for fun or crudeness. That would be disrespect my faith. There is good to be found in most religions. I say “most” because I don’t know about all religions. If you are following the teachings of a religion so you become a better human being and learn how to improve your life and be happy, who am I to say it is wrong? But if you use it to hurt others and to put other religions dow; be belligerent – a bully – that is another story.
If you can’t take responsibility for your life and your actions and instead use your faith as an excuse to hurt others, I’ll use my words to show you your fallacy. I have no tolerannce for hypocrites, or plastic Christians.
After reading these Facebook posts it went round and round in my brain. When I woke this morning I reached for pen and paper and wrote that poem. I included the most recent piece of music I have recorded.
I only ask, share this post with your own social media and let people know that disparaging people who are not like you is not the way any of us should behave. Being born into the wrong skin has made trans lives lives difficult enough to deal with without ignorant people slinging mud at them because they don’t approve of them, even if you think you are so perfect and think everyone loves you because you are such a wonderful person. People doing that make a mockery of their faith and everything it stands for. You get back what you dish out, so have fun when life gets you back.
http://facebook.com/jamielifeinprison . . .Blog posts and news about injustice in the world
I have begun a newsletter on different aspects of the prison industry as well as updates on the progress of the book. I’m looking for a reasonable cost publishing house that can also include CD’s of the piano music found at http://soundcloud.com/sonni-quick most of which was written for the book.Fill out the contact form to be put on the mailing list which will only go out monthly. (You won’t get bombarded like some businesses do!)
The other day a friend and I were talking when she came for her piano lesson, and as usual we talked about many things. We often have differences of opinions, but we agree to disagree. But interestingly, that day we started talking about the feeling one gets when we think we have already experienced something. That feeling of deja vu is usually a pleasant one for me – that sudden feeling of having been there before or had a conversation before. Today I accidentally landed on this short YouTube video with a physicist who explained why we sometimes have deja vu. Is he right? Is he wrong? Who knows. Maybe some things are more fun if they are kept a mystery.
There are many other short videos he made on different aspects of science. It’s hard to not keep watching. Have fun.
http://facebook.com/jamielifeinprison . . .Blog posts and news about injustice in the world
Below is a couple chapters from a book I’m writing. These chapters will give you other links to more if you are interested. After reading much information about self publishing it’s important to cultivate an email list as you write so you have people to tell when it’s done. You can get more information about it at my other blog My Name Is Jamie
Inside The Forbidden Outside
A Message From Someone Who Cares (forward)
First two chapters:
I have also begun a newsletter on different aspects of the prison industry as well as updates on the progress of the book. I’m looking for a reasonable cost publishing house that can also produce and include CD’s of the piano music found at http://soundcloud.com/sonni-quick most of which were written for the book. It is improvised piano; beautiful melodies that would put you to sleep on a restless night.
Fill out the contact form to be put on the mailing list which will only go out monthly, unless there is some kind of unforeseeable event. You won’t get bombarded with email like some businesses do. I promise! I hate they do that to me!
This is Zach Anner. Is the best YouTube video I watched today. I found it on the blog @paws2smile.
If you ever have a day you think is too tough and want to give up, or maybe want to crawl under the covers, go back and watch this video again for a little encouragement. If this guy can do it – anyone can!
Only when we experience the crushing, painful depths of suffering can we begin to understand the true meaning of life. Precisely because we have experienced great suffering, it is imperative that we go on living. If each of you uses your sadness as a source of growth, you will become a person of great depth. This is the harvest of your pain and suffering.
Daisaku Ikeda SGI
Everyone experiences pain and suffering. When we don’t understand it we tend to blame others or we think what happens isn’t our fault. We don’t want our unhappiness to be our fault. But when we don’t accept that we have made the causes for our life to be the way it is, because of causes we made in the past, then we don’t learn and grow and most likely repeat the same mistakes over and over.
Some of want to think a higher life form wants us to have the problems we have and this being wants to test us. It would be so easy to do that, but it also keeps us from growing as we wait for something else to change our problems so we can become happy. If you look deeply at your life to see if indeed you are happy, and find that your problems really haven’t changed it might give you cause to wonder why.
Your faith, whatever it is, should make you happy. It should enable you to change the things about yourself that make you unhappy. It’s not about what happens when you die – it’s about your life while you live. When I see people hurting each other, passing judgment on people not like themselves and exuding so much hate; while telling the world how much faith they have. I have to wonder, faith in what? What kind of faith is it that says it is okay to be so hateful?
I read posters that say, “God is love” and other wonderful platitudes, but I don’t see love in this country where people try to insist they live in a Christian nation. Really? Look at the political headlines on any given day and read about our Christian leaders and say, “This is love?” I don’t think so.