Lennon said it right.
Imagine the world with no countries. No borders. No regulations to go from one place on Earth to another. Imagine people not referring to themselves as Lebanese, or as Americans, or as Chinese, but as Earthlings, as people who inhabit the Earth, as a whole and not just one nation or part of it.
Nationalism is a man- made messed up system that serves no good logical purpose. All it does is separate people. It makes us think we’re different from each other. It makes us think that we need to get killed and die in order to keep a piece of land that’s supposedly “ours”. But this is not true. No piece of land belongs to just a group of people. The entire land – the entire planet- belongs to all the people, so no one has a right to claim personal ownership.
Also ,imagine a world with no religion. No more people fussing over rituals. No more people getting judged because of what religion they follow, or don’t follow. No more fights or wars between people of different religions. No more sectarian governments. Just people being good for the sake of being good. Not for rewards, not for going to heaven, or not going to hell. But doing that just because it’s the right humane thing to do.
Yes, I’m a dreamer and this is a dream, a dream I wish people would make come true.
Choosing what to believe in or what religion to follow is a choice every individual has the freedom to make. And what’s more beautiful than having the freedom to do something?
Oh right, actually doing it.
Now frankly, I don’t understand a lot of things that take place in my country and society, but I’ll stick to the following three points on this subject:
- First of all, I don’t understand why someone should be considered of a certain religion just because he/she were born to parents of that religion. Isn’t that choice related to the child alone? Shouldn’t he/she choose freely what to follow when he/she grows up? And shouldn’t parents give children that freedom? What I see in my society is kids growing up following exactly what their parents follow, even if they aren’t fully satisfied. Sadly, they grow up accustomed to what they have been hearing from their families that they become too scared to dig into other religions and ideas.
- Second of all, I don’t get what the government has to do with this choice. Why should the government keep track of the religion every person follows? Why should it even limit people to certain religions or to even follow any religion at all? Again, it’s a personal choice, and the government should keep it’s nose out of it.
- Finally, and most importantly, I don’t understand the war waged on atheists or people who follow religions different that the main religions( Islam, Christianity, Judaism ) . As long as a person is good, there is nothing wrong if he/she doesn’t believe in God; it’s simply their choice. You should accept it and understand that believing doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a better person than them. I’ve known atheists who are more humane and kind than many claiming religiosity, and anti theists oppose theism because they believe that it’s for the good of the individual and society (which I personally agree with in some cases;I’ll discuss that anyways in a different post).
Also, it’s completely okay if one follows different religions or ways than you to reach God. I, for example, have chosen to reach God not by following a certain religion, for they make me feel tied, but through personal well-being and personal development – call it something a bit close to Spiritualism if you want. I have chosen to have a personal experience in reaching God by simply being good, and not by following any prophets or rituals, and i don’t find anything wrong with that. So think for your own self, don’t let others think for you, and choose what you want to do.
It’s weird to sit among some people, watch them talk their way ahead, and then suddenly realize you barely have anything in common with them. I’ve been in such cases a lot. I’d be sitting, listening, but barely having anything to say because the topics they speak of are of no interest to me.
I mean I sometimes sit with some of my closest friends, and they’d start speaking about dresses, jewelries, brand names and such stuff. Pictures then come and I figure out that everybody has their phone stacked with screenshots of clothes and shoes ( I hide my phone here since it only includes screenshots of George Carlin or John Lennon’s quotes). I try to act interested, smile, show the needed amount of excitement, compliment the clothes, but on the inside, I don’t freaking care! I actually find time spent fantasizing about designers’ clothes is well wasted.
Don’t take me wrong here. One should always look neat and represent able, but he/she shouldn’t believe that the only way of doing so is by following what you read in your fashion magazines or watch on Fashion TV. I mean I see people spending money they have long saved on such brand names so that to fit in and show themselves off in front of their friends. And is it really worth it? It really angers me that we reached a time where people believe happiness is achieved with owning the latest pair of Chanel boots or Armani jeans.
Again though, I keep on smiling, keep on trying to listen, tune out every once in a while. I try to bring up a topic of actual interest to me, I try asking them about their opinions on the revolutions taking place, or what book they’re reading. I get answered with few words. The subjects get dropped. Back to clothes and singers and songs. Back to smiling and complimenting and nodding in agreement.