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Monkey Bar Religion

When did you first realize that judging people based on their religion is silly and pointless? I honestly remember that moment much more than my first kiss.

I've been passionate about breaking down religious barriers all my life, and today I wondered "Why am I like this? Was I born this way?"

I dug deep into the files, and I remembered my first realization of this was on the playground. I was in second grade, playing on the monkey bars with my pigtailed cohorts. One of the girls asked the group, "What kind of Christian are you?" I didn't get it. I thought, "Christians are divided?!? How is that possible?" So I asked her what she meant. She said, "Well, we go to Congregational Church and we're the best kind of Christian. That's what mom says". I was almost afraid to say it, but I piped up, "My family is Catholic. How are you guys better? Don't we all believe in Jesus?" All the girls gave me a blank stare and went back to doing kamikaze back flips on the bars while simultaneously trying to blow the world's biggest chewing gum bubbles. Those were the days... No wonder I'm always going to the chiropractor.

It's crazy how kids pick this up at such an early age, and you know they get it from home. And here I am now, still scratching my head at why people fight over religion, when we're all just worshiping the same God by a different name. Some days, I just don't know..

Comments

AchiengNas's picture

One God

Dear Liz,
I believe if everyone had LOVE for their neighbor, it would be the best option. The reason for hatred and divisions around the world is because of different beliefs - religion. My opinion is LOVE conquers all.

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

lizgrover's picture

Agreed.

Yeah. That works. I would say love is my true religion.

nilima's picture

hi liz, yes you are right

hi liz,

yes you are right people learn these things from home but we can start to make the discrimination free home though we couldnt be in the same! we can start right here right now to spread the discrimination free message. All God lives in the heart and how can it be different from each other - i wonder too !

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Liz, There are many such

Dear Liz,

There are many such things I have been wondering all my life. I still get amazed by people's behaviour, reactions , beliefs.

Just the other day I was wondering If left to me I will make everyone give up their caste :))) Why can't we make life simpler.

Love

Nusrat

lizgrover's picture

:-)

Dear Nusrat,

I'm excited for the day when we meet. I'm sure we have so much in common :-) I can't wait to compare notes and learn more about you.

Peace,
Liz

Nusrat Ara's picture

same here. I hope and pray we

same here. I hope and pray we find some such opportunity.

Love

Nusrat

lizgrover's picture

:-)

We will meet one day. It's for sure that I'll be in India again because my husband's family lives in Delhi. We visit every couple of years. I've always wanted to visit Kashmir, so yes, I will be up there one day and you can show me around :-)

Nusrat Ara's picture

Sounds great :)

Sounds great :)

Nusrat

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