17 May 2014

Surrender Anyway

You've surely heard the phrase "let go, let God" at some point. Maybe you really believe in it. Maybe you think it's bullshit. But I'll tell you this: surrender anyway. You don't need to be a believer.

I've been going through a rough time myself lately, so I'll use that as an example. 

Everyone can feel a little bit lost sometimes. From time to time, everyone feels the pangs of regret, loneliness, grief, anger, and depression. Some people have a more difficult time pulling themselves out of the quagmire than others. Maybe it's a trick of memory or the ability to easily change of perspective, but some people just never seem to get bummed out for too long.

I'm not one of those people.

For me, it usually requires an extreme force of will - which, despite good intentions and a reasonable chance of success, I usually drive straight into the brick wall of futility.

07 May 2014

The USA is NOT a Christian Nation

"Your sect by its sufferings has furnished a remarkable proof of the universal spirit of religious intolerance inherent in every sect, disclaimed by all while feeble, and practiced by all when in power. Our laws have applied the only antidote to this vice, protecting all on an equal footing. But more remains to be done, for although we are free by law, we are not so in practice; public opinion erects itself into an Inquisition, and exercises its offices with as much fanaticism as fans the flames of an Auto-da-Fe."   - Thomas Jefferson

While browsing various media outlets in the USA, and especially online where we are all separated by a technological veil of anonymity even if we are not hiding our identities, it does not take very long to find the opinion, expressed very firmly as fact, that the USA is a Christian nation and founded upon Christian principles.

While I take no offense to to the idea of Christianity nor to the freedom of each person to hold and express his or her own individual faith, I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the ignorance which spreads such misunderstandings like dandelions taking root in the unkempt garden of the collective mind.

If your personal sentiments have not already labeled me a heretic or a liberal or a fool, then please share my words so that others may know that you are not alone. If you think me a fool, a liberal, or a heretic, then please continue reading so that you may judge my words with true integrity. May you all find peace!

The USA is not a Christian nation, nor was it founded upon principles belonging solely to Christianity.