In my mind I’m jumping from the mis-yoking argument of the Bible (thou shalt not yoke with someone who does not believe as you do) to the versatility of those in open-minded spiritual angles or who isolate the teachings that resonate with their healthy chakras and, you know, follow Christ and/or Buddha and/or Krishna…. maybe Mohammed (if this angle of mine could ever spit out in full what he actually said- do Muslims capitalize He when referring to Mohammed?). Anywho, do these open-minded folks mess up the team jersey for those that are at war with each other? I mean everyone hates friendly fire.
The interesting thing is it all relates somehow in my head to factory-farming and how little most of us know about what stock animals feel or perceive. While some believe that most animals lack the (pineal gland, I think) part of the brain that even touches on the contemplation of pain, let alone suffering, my argument is that even if that’s so, what about the perceptions of slaughterhouse and animal-caretaking workers? The science exempts all but select cows & pigs and most domesticated pets from the presence (and of course- well, we hope- humans) from the existence of this perception producing gland in the brain. As far as I know the ones that are believed to perceive pain as even some sort of duality with comfort (the slaughterers and caretakers) are afforded many measures to prevent potential harm of stock animals in farm-factory situations, but of course many of us have the seen the footage of many of the atrocities of the meat industry. I tend to not trust fully the non-organic, non-pasture-raised/grass-fed, non free-range, non-humane treatment of animals, partly as a hygienic issue, as well as the potential karmic issue. But I have not visited any factory farms, and I highly encourage those who do go with the intent of observing and not projecting the horrible things they may have heard happen there, just in case your faith-fear can move that mountain wrong-ways.
So, yeah, faith-fear and the war on other humans (the poor & water/air/crop poisoning) and pesticides and my Lord, did they please get rid of mustard gas? Do bees and fungus and plant-munching insects perceive and feel threatened by pain or genocide, or do they just instinctively adapt? While the Bible once said we are to CARE for the Earth, someone changed the actual translation to “dominion over” and then, you know, Monsanto…
And while stereotypical liberals perceive this giant threat from people who believe that prayer cures everything (including Climate Change) rendering their actual action steps actionless, stereotypical conservatives may perceive a giant threat from belief-systems (faith-fear) that are potentially creating chaos where there otherwise would be none. To people who believe we can move mountains with our faith, what do we look like if we believe that damage is done by our precious fossil-fuels, for instance. Not to be rude to those who laugh at such a conjecture, but people are REALLY BELIEVING THAT WITH ALL THEIR HEART.
So, when I try to consider only the perceivers, of course I want them to find a common ground, because a certain amount of prayer coupled with action has always worked for me. Don’t get me wrong miracle see-ers, I know when God or Source obviously did a thing I can’t; but it took my doing the next right thing and gratitude to see it, Angry God or Source deniers, for such things to manifest.
I really believe in the meme, “heal yourself, heal the world.” For anyone that thinks abortion is even remotely not God-led in the case of emergency, or that being gay is causing bad weather, I just want to say, when one is in sync with Source/God and partakes of these things, NO God is not against population control. I believe this because I believe God is still speaking and history books CAN be altered for someone’s PTSD-related agenda. And YES, I DO mean that I think I know right from wrong, under the category of discernment. I DO believe this falls under the category of God/Source SPEAKS to ME.
To women and couples accidentally pregnant- I hope you understand that your baby born of rape, because YOU believe that life was meant to be lived- THAT LIFE WAS MEANT TO BE LIVED, YOU MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE. BUT!! YOU, who chose not to have that baby because you were not ready- financially, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually- YOU MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE, TOO, THAT WAS GOD’S WILL! I have a really hard time believing that there are missing or demonically born children running around Earth. Sure, mistaken people, ignorant people, lonely parents, but this can change in a minute with simple steps. And ultimately LIFE HAPPENS, GOD MAKES THE MOST OF IT. Join Him/Her/It in joyously receiving the wonders of life. While you’re out aiming your faith or fear at the perceptions of others, including animals and fetuses, remember that old-timey Universal law of DO NO HARM.