Themis-Athena has started this project, and I’m joining her – an alphabetical list of what I like and don’t like. Some fun, some not.
The color, that is. Based on my skin/hair/eyes, most people assume my favorite color is red, because it compliments me. But while I do own a lot of red, it’s not my favorite color. My favorite color has always been aquamarine. That impossible to describe color of some oceans, at just the right depth, in just the right light. Not always exactly the same, but yet always aquamarine.
A couple of examples:
Dislike: Atheists; sub-type: anti-religion, vocal
Well, I changed gears in a hurry. Now, notice I didn’t say Atheism. I strive to avoid being judgemental in my life and in today’s age of information, I believe anyone who chooses to believe in the absence of God has made their choice of their own free will. I don’t have to agree with that choice (and I don’t), but I should (and do) respect it.
The sticking point is that last sentence works both ways: They don’t have to agree with my choice, but they should respect it. For those that don’t, I’m free not to put up with their need to tell me I’m crazy, or that “God-lovers” like me are to blame for everything in the world today. Organised religion certainly has a lot to answer for, and quite a few of those organisations have strayed, or chosen a path that relies on a more esoteric interpretation of their religious texts. But if this type of atheist is as “smart” as they think they are, they’d recognise the difference between faith and religion. And either way, they’d be respectful of individuals with beliefs different from their own.
I’ve sat to dinner with people nominally my family (by marriage) and been the only person at the table who believed in God, and the only person at the table not throwing judgements around like they were party favours. How these people cannot see they are acting out in the exact same manner that they purport to hate in the religious confounds me.
Believe, or not, in what you will, but be a good person, and if you can’t say something nice to someone who has done you no wrong, then just shut up.