“Respect beget respect”…. I want to picture a world that is perfect, a world at peace and harmony. I can create all these possibilities in my mind where in people of all walks of life, faith, race and tongue can be equal and united. Though this is hard to imagine. Too perfect to be true.
For your kind knowledge, your sweetheart honeybrisketbabyfat is not an atheist. I am a friendly catholic who welcome everybody in my humble piece of heaven. And this blog is an extension of my sacred space wherein I can write down my thoughts without the fear of discrimination and judgement.
In my opinion, there are only two kinds of people in this world. And that is good and evil. In every organization, community or family, these two can be found.
When I had a business trip in India last 2007, I visited a Hindu temple. Being curious, I walked inside, that I may see how the interior structure look like. To my surprise, there is a big wooden sign outside the temple gate written… NON HINDUS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE TEMPLE. Oh! I cannot take some pictures to take home. Nevertheless, I just enjoyed taking some pictures outside. However, there are some small temples that are meant for tourist viewing.
Anyway, me and my Indian friend who is also a Catholic Christian shared about this thought. Oh! We are lucky to be Christian! In our faith, everybody are welcome … a very simple and short thought. That God, our Lord Jesus… WELCOMES EVERYBODY… INVITES EVERYBODY… rich, poor, whoever you are, whatever you are… COME! Let us feast! And enjoy the overflowing banquet that I have prepared for you. But who came? The poor, the people who know nothing… the simple people.
Modesty aside, but in my very young age, God let me experienced to travel some part of the world. I have witness different culture, different belief, different norm and different faith. But as I sum it up, nothing is really far different between me and the people from around the world. And yes! I have observed much grounded similarity. That all over the world, there is only good and evil. They are everywhere! They might be in your workplace, inside the monastery, the school, the government and “within” us… GOOD AND EVIL…..
If you notice that in my two previous entries, “A Tribute to My Beloved” & “In The Presence Of My Enemies” I welcomed some of my beloved guest (readers) in my cyber blog “unity table”. They come from different faith who wrote me in my personal email that they are one with me in peace, unity and love. Some are buddhist, some atheist, some muslim, other catholic and christian alike.
I also had some bad experiences to people of different faith. However, I also have A LOT of good experiences with them. This is a very simple reason and an avenue to define our purpose of reaching out, sharing God’s love, sharing our faith to our brothers and sisters who have different views, concept, and ideology with what they know, with what they believe.
Maybe, if I am born a muslim, I will still share this kind of approach in writing my thoughts. Or maybe, if I am born a buddhist, perhaps, I will still write the same thing, having the nature to be one with the entire creation. If I may quote one of my atheist readers’ comment… “I agree, and I plan to go and be a better atheist. The idea is that we strive to be better people and love one another. It’s a new year, change is in the air, now it’s time to move forward! –from Scatheist ( Comment from my entry” In the Presence of My Enemies”)
Wow! This one soul uplifted my heart! Sweet heaven! And he put a very handsome smile in my face after I read his comment. This is not an issue of stereotyping & branding. But in my humble belief… it’s the good and evil all over the world. The good and evil “with us” … “in” us.
Just a thought…
What is in the heart of Gandhi when he kept silent and walked for peace?
What is in the heart of Mother Teresa of Calcutta when she is reaching out for the poorest of the poor?
What is in the heart of Pope Benedict the XVI when he uplifted the ex-communication of the bishops of the Society of St. Pius X?
What is in the heart of St. Francis of Assisi when he renounced all his richness and human comfort?
What is in the heart of Pope John Paul II when he visited and embrace Mehmet Ali Agca, the turkish man who shot him in Vatican, May 1981?
“For faith is the substance of all things that we hoped for”… and I hold on to my little faith to understand these works of love. And I believe these great people see things universally. They see things as ONE. They see SOULS and not just mere human beings.
Who is righteous anyway? Pick up a stone and cast it. We are free to do whatever we want. And I must say, there is nothing harm done to choose and express what is good, and share the goodness of the Lord in our lives.
Peace to all! (Not faction)