Not to judge, but... I cannot stand nor "tolerate" organized religion. Perhaps because as a child and adolescent growing up I was taught that being a gay person was "evil" and there was no tolerance for it. It didn't matter that I was born the way I am.
Consequently, by the time I was 13 there was no denying who/what I was and was under unbearable stress and anguish because of the fear instilled in me that I was going to "burn in hell". Being told that 'God Hates You' can be very stressful on a young and impressionable mind. For me it was more than I could stand.
By the time I was 14 years old I couldn't deal with it anymore, I had "bought into" the LIES that I was a mistake/defect/reject/worthless/freak and that I was 'better off dead' and as a result attempted suicide and almost succeeded. We live in a "disposable system" where even people are 'thrown away'.
I failed to kill myself which only made me feel like more of a "failure" so I began my long journey down the path of alcohol & drug abuse. I overcame my problems with drugs but needless to say... I can't stand religion. Religion caused my mind to become "disorganized" because of the unbelievable stress it put me through in my life. Organized religion causes disorganization in society because it causes too much confusion, division, intolerance, hatred of people who are "different", hypocrisy, ignorance, denial, etc... There is too much preaching and "judgment" of others. There is too much 'closed-mindedness'. Religion kills. Think about all the war in the world and negative energy, what is the underlying root cause??? Religion & money $$$$$.
I will always question all "so-called authority" because I believe it is a healthy and *natural* thing to do. As a species looking to evolve and make progress I believe it is necessary to do so and is crucial for our own survival. Asking questions is fundamental and vital if we are to be able to help in 'healing the planet' with all that Mother Earth is being subjected to by humankind.
From my own personal experience I value 'freedom from religion' and I will always rebel and stand against it because of all the badness it caused in my own life and the lives of so many others. It causes so much unnecessary grief and hardship for so many people. In my opinion, religion is not *spirituality*. They are 2 separate things. I rebel against dogma & indoctrination that pushes unsubstantiated myths and separates people into categories (separate classes to be seen as "inferior") and "labels people" for derision and ridicule. From what I have seen, religion does not cause enlightenment— it causes the opposite (closed-mindedness). This is not what the world needs right now. We need minds open so we can help to find solutions to the problems of the world. People need to realize that they are all 'one'. We are 'one with the Earth' and 'one with nature'. We are all connected. Everything is connected. Together we stand, divided we fall.
I believe we are all 'spiritually connected' and all have a place in this world. Otherwise, why am I here? I am a valid person and am not a "defect". I am here for a reason... to help to 'change the world'. I am the way I am because nature made me this way. In nature there is DIVERSITY and diversity needs to be respected. Contrary to what we are told— homosexuality is not the "biggest threat to the planet". Homosexuality is reflected/exists in the animal kingdom, it is a part of nature so it must be 'meant to be' and must serve some purpose in the 'big picture' that humanity has yet to understand because they are too busy judging. Because it has always been a part of nature... is it not possible it contributes in helping the Earth in a positive way and might in some way help in the prevention of human overpopulation, which in turn might protect other species from extinction? Humankind is the "dominant/most aggressive" species on the planet and is the biggest threat. Also, the more people there are on the planet the more resources that get used (Oil/resource wars). Anyway, who really knows? - there must be a reason for it because it exists (just some 'food-for-thought'). It is what it is. As it exists in the Animal Kingdom, animals don't "choose" to be gay. They just are what they are. No analyzing or "judgment". I believe humanity will evolve when we stop judging and look to nature for understanding (to make sense of the World). We are all a part of nature. We need to stop 'living in denial' of this.
People who are different are always made to be the "enemy", are always being scapegoated for the problems of society and for all that is wrong in the World. It's as if there always needs to be *targets* for hatred, discrimination, and bigotry. If we ever wish to evolve we need to see beyond division and stop the oppression of all 'minority groups'. People who are seen as "different" from the "norm" have always been feared/vilified/demonized. Just because you are "different" does not mean you are a 'societal outcast' or should be ashamed. You should be proud of who you are, diversity is valuable in society just as it is in nature. It should be respected. There has always been hatred directed against minority groups throughout history. They are always seen as a "threat" that needs to be kept under control & dominated/marginalized. Just because people are in the minority does not mean they should be excluded/shunned/relegated to 'second-class status' without equal rights. We deserve the same rights as everyone else and need to demand justice. We need full equality for all people. We need to free our minds from obsolete, outdated thinking. A planetary "system of thought" based on hate is not "sustainable". If we wish to evolve we need to choose love. Maybe one day humanity will evolve beyond hatred & war and see that what we do to others we do to ourselves. We are all 'one'.
(For insight and perspective- I recommend watching both movies in their entirety) watch Zeitgeist and Zeitgeist Addendum
Zeitgeist Ending- The Spirit of the Age http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T9fENn_zQY
Zeitgeist: Addendum 11/13 (We are all ONE) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4UYBeCt3-k&feature=related
Zeitgeist Addendum Ending- with Krishnamurti http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gDX_4YVloU&feature=related
All Are One (Including The Animals) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=931Akr1kySE Love is Liberation
What is done to animals is 'hell on Earth' (they do not deserve what they are put through). Watch the documentary "Earthlings" http://veg-tv.info/Earthlings
Silence = Death
Mass Extinction Underway - Biodiversity Crisis - Global Species Loss http://www.well.com/~davidu/extinction.html
Together we can proactively EVOLVE in a positive direction by opening our minds and seeing things in new ways. We are all 'one'. What we do to others we do to ourselves (animals included). An organism at war with itself is doomed— truth is the first casualty of war. The biggest threat on the planet is lies because lies lead to war. Lies lead to environmental/planetary destruction.
***Pro-Peace video... NEVER FORGET >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB7tjf_T3zQ
What is done to other people is 'hell on Earth'. Never forget your own significance to help to change the World and end the suffering of the innocent (they do not deserve what they are put through). Change the 'culture of fear & hate'. It is up to us all to 'create the change we wish to see in the World'.
War/No More Trouble | Playing for Change | Song Around The World (No more "SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS" of any "nations" / no one is "superior" to any one else- we are all 'one') http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgWFxFg7-GU&feature=player_embedded
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it..." - John Lennon
"Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political and economic liberty, emanates from the *minority*, and not from the mass." - Emma Goldman
"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus
"When the power of Love overcomes the love of power. . .the World will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix
Choose to be FREE. BE the ACTION. Inspire to CREATE a different reality— together we can change the 'system'.
Free Your Mind~ inspire to create a radical transformation/'revolution of consciousness'
RESIST ALWAYS because the 'system' is a lie— proVoke thought and proVoke freedom for all (animals included)
~<3 solidarity & peace~