no i can’t fix any of that
as hear stewart, the voice of reason
use the terms “toxic ideology”
i think as we get bodies poisoned
more aggressively via modern agricultural methods,
poison is on the brain
but i disagree with using toxic as any sort
of description for thought or belief
because then have the opposite of pure
and what one among us was ever pure before
becoming toxic? it is a false reassurance
while fear doesn’t combat fear
and the question is the combination
of poverty and oppression that contributes
to adherence to hurtful dogma
how do you understand something not experienced?
i went over the rules of war
we call them conventions … and they are rules
for a game. civilized world turning war
into a game where the top dogs decide how everyone will play
there is something more evil about that
than anything we call terrorism … conventions
we call them conventions, etiquette for battle
so lives changed and uprooted — play can continue
in a civilized grope for power…
and i know these men that live for winning a game
i understand the tenuous hold
fear so thick you could cut it with the knives
periodically pulled from the back
power comes and goes
what is legacy?
control via dogma is still control and there are the minds
not educated or brought to love knowledge
fear cooks better in a pot minus the facts
fear manipulated — fastest highway
for change among the masses
when war is a game and you win the game
have you won the war? U.S. needs to ask this
because we have all tried pulling a bandaid off slowly
now are looking at a battle of religion looming
no i can’t fix that
may the best dogma win?
we are trying for a religion of Humanity
that relies on Justice …
but am reminded that must listen to even that
which is not part of a personal belief or facts
and that Justice takes its own form
according to personal hardship
shall we all gang up against Islam?
well … if being good to another takes a
heavy deterrent … it is not being good.
it is simply fearing one thing more than another.
you don’t make stealing rare by creating punishment…
you make it rare by growing opportunity and
enlisting empathies for the fair treatment
so how do we care about those outside of convention —
waging a war that will never be won and
only cost both them and us?
i don’t mess around with threats
like a homeowner who rented their house
but the tenants refuse to pay and threaten
to burn it down if evicted… i just up the pot
on that kind of game — say i’ll burn it down
myself around your ears if you aren’t gone
when i say so. the alternative is that
the property is lost anyway … so throw
everything you have into it and don’t back down.
is Christianity better than Islam? is Hinduism
better than Buddhism? is there a common denominator
anywhere, or do certain precepts only fit certain people?
i think oppression is very real
how do you fight oppression when tied to religious dogma?
women are thought of as less in most cultures
regardless of dogma … can’t pretend it doesn’t
classes — the poor are thought of as less
regardless of religion
for god sakes, there is a competition of best dressed
when going to church that is present here
and church schools routinely require children
to wear uniforms … i think of that
and how my childhood church-school did not
require uniforms, but now it does
why the change? so all comes down to this showdown
a showdown of religion
the fear of a theocratic state
U.S. supposedly embracing freedom of religion
yet try telling that to the Mormons,
who were chased away and finally chose
the only stretch of god-forsaken land
that nobody else wanted, and defended it
with every ounce they had…. what kind of
freedom did they get? on the other side of
that coin is any religion that sets itself up
as a theocracy.
in the war that is coming
how do we reconcile
what is belief
and what is fact?
is the fact that disagreement is a goal
rather than harmony?
maybe should look at that
and see why hatred and fear
are better tools for manipulation…
i always liked the saying,
“get to know me first, and then hate me.”
it wasn’t one of my grandma’s sayings
hers was “six and a half, one dozen to the other”
and i think both apply here
but we aren’t going to wiggle our way
out of this coming battle with sayings…
do you hate them for their religion?
or are they breaking our law?
law of the state, not theocratic
but democratic state
yet a state that is joined with others
on conventions of war?
and that is the crux– what convention
do the religious bodies have?
“when in Rome, do as the Romans”
the power of religion
is to say they will save your soul
eternal torment is a deterrent
and many in the past made sure
man knew temporal torment just to get
the idea across….
it is a sobering thought. simply keep
a creature alive to carry out torment upon it…
and what are prisons for? it is just a morphing
of ancient ideologies — one could say, “toxic ideologies”
within our continuing definitions of “civilization”
because the answer is to raise and teach
to not desire hate and fear — to help and
bring out the best in individuals and in a nation
bringing out hatred for another religion is not
bringing out the best in our nation
but we have to keep constant guard up against ANY theocracy —
and when a president can only be president when
professing a Christian positioning — then that is
something to look at: Christian Democracy
and so … there is no standing in truth
against a theocracy like Islam while opposing it
as a theocracy.
no, i can’t fix any of that
and with the war of religions at our doorstep
who will save your immortal soul?
well maybe souls are to be done being immortal
maybe the here and now is where we can shake hands
it is not worth the fight,
but i WILL up the ante…
now please pass the salt