Uh, at the risk of being sterotyped I must be truthful and reveal that I do belong to a church-an Evangelical Church But instead of promoting a political agenda (conservative or liberal) we believe the work of the church is to show Christ's love through helping people. Now, I know, who cares what I do, but I just want to point out the great diversity in not only Christian churches but the diversity of all religions. As far as I know, all the prevelant religions of the world run the gamut from modern/liberal to ancient practice/conservative. I will not judge all practioners of a religion by one sect because I do not want to be judged similarly.
Religion can be a force for so much good but sadly the opposite is usually the norm. I suspect that if religions and philosophies were practiced as was their orgininal intent, the world would be a much different place. We can sit here and list all the crimes committed by each religious group (because there is blood on all our hands) or we can move ahead, try to find common ground and even picture a better future. Of course the dream of peace is just that a dream. But my wish would be that we would all accept that the world is imperfect and that we still have to find a way to get along-can enemies at least agree they all want a better world for their children???? How does this endless cycle of violence make a better world for them??? Has it worked yet??Using that as a starting point, and realizing that despite all the killing, the "others" are not going away, that could we find some way to live in the same world together????
Ok, I know I'm just blabbering on now,I'm not a pacifist and I'm way toooo old to really be such an optimist, but everytime I see yet another picture of a dead child, I just want to scream. Every child that dies in this violence is a victim of our adult vanity. Vanity that tells us we are certainly right, vanity that tells us because we have been wronged we therefore have the right to unlimited violence as redress,vanity that tells us this endless violence is the solution.... Yeah, its a great world we've created.