I wrote this ditty after a particularly frustrating ordeal with a large group of people who spoke in opinions and opinions only. I’ve put this in “Dumb Things” simply because it is so poorly executed. I still agree with the concept though.
Stop it. Just stop it. Stop it.
There is way more subjectivity than you seem to allow yourselves, and I don’t see why you hold fast to these things.
There are two more types of people in this world.
Those who hold to subjective beliefs and refuse to acknowledge others.
And those who hold to subjective belief, acknowledging the other subjective beliefs, but finding the ones that benefit themselves the best in a mental, physical, or spiritual sense and sticking to it, realizing that others have, in a sense, done the same thing.
What does this mean? In simpler terms it means person A is an ignorant ass, and person B is cool. (<– That’s my subjective belief. An opinion if you will.)
Person A let’s say follows a certain religion, believes in it dearly, and has had many experiences that have reinforced that belief and faith. Another person walks up to Person A and says, “I believe you are wrong.” Then we have Person A throwing a fit and trying to convert person A or tries to kill them or keep them quiet. Arguments ensue and it turns into a logical sort of chaos.
In another scenario, Person B follows a certain religion, believes in it dearly, and has had many experiences that have reinforced that belief and faith. Another person walks up to Person B and says, “I believe you are wrong.” Then Person B says, “Please, explain to me where I have erred.” This disbeliever of Person B relates his or her feelings and Person B says, “I very much understand how you feel, and I see the logicality of your statement.” Person B may do a number of things (Ideally all of them) to truly be a B-type person.
1) They’ll ponder the disbelievers statements thorougly, seeing things from their point of view, and their own.
2) They’ll study material originating from the disbelievers stemmed beliefs.
3) They may go so far as to devote themselves to the disbelievers faith for an equal amount of time as their own faith, just to see if they can experience similar faith-building occurences.
Here is the demographic for world religions.
Major Religions of the World
Ranked by Number of Adherents
(Sizes shown are approximate estimates, and are here mainly for the purpose of ordering the groups, not providing a definitive number. This list is sociological/statistical in perspective.)
1. Christianity: 2.1 billion
2. Islam: 1.3 billion
3. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
4. Hinduism: 900 million
5. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
6. Buddhism: 376 million
7. primal-indigenous: 300 million
8. African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
9. Sikhism: 23 million
10. Juche: 19 million
11. Spiritism: 15 million
12. Judaism: 14 million
13. Baha’i: 7 million
14. Jainism: 4.2 million
15. Shinto: 4 million
16. Cao Dai: 4 million
17. Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
18. Tenrikyo: 2 million
19. Neo-Paganism: 1 million
20. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
21. Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
22. Scientology: 500 thousand
They all have similar experiences and feelings, and nearly all of them argue against the validity of the other’s truth, particularly the many sects in the first two categories.
Now, the point of all this is not to invalidate all religion, instead, it is to validate all religion, and not even in a religious sense, but in the sense of all beliefs.
The main point I want to make is that you aren’t correct all the time. No matter what your childhood influences told you, you aren’t special either. To be special, it would mean that no one else is special, because you cannot have one without the other. And since we’re all special according to our kindergarten teachers, then no one is special.
Think that’s a depressing idea? Then you’re thinking about it all wrong. It means you’re right, because no one else is more special than you, therefore, their opinions don’t hold any higher than yours. Of course, it also means there is a good chance that you’re an ass.
Notice the contradiction? You aren’t correct all the time, but you’re always right? That’s because belief is relative and subjective. Realize it, please.
We’re all capable in different ways, but we’re all part of the Tao. The way is through us all, and too many people don’t grasp it.
So just stop it.