Over the weekend, I took it on myself to go visit some much-neglected blogs because I never seem to have time to do it. In the process, I stumbled across this video.
Now, I am going to say that I completely understand where this guy is coming from. I also have a deep abhorrence of religious practices when they are used in an attempt to make others feel inferior and to hide one's own weaknesses. Or to give people the space to do things that wouldn't be sanctioned by God. That goes against every single thing we were taught by Jesus's example.
But, that's not really what this post is about. What it is about, on the other hand, is the fact that it's interesting to see what's going on about it.
See, since that video went up on 10 January, over 11 million people has watched it. And since I saw it last (on Sunday) comments have been closed, mainly due to negative opinion, I'm sure.
There have also been many videos put up to criticize what the above man said. The most logical one I watched is this:
Great. We all have our opinions. And if you have a different opinion from mine about Vid no. 1, go ahead and say it. Because everyone has the right to his or her opinion. The way I see it, I can write a poem in similar style to both about how Vid no. 2's guy is wrong (but is that true for everything he said?). I can attack his opinions by seeing the worst in every single thing he says.
Or. I can write this:
To whom it may concern,
I thank God to know
That people leap up ready to show
Their most devout loyalty to His teachings.
But, maybe it's time to think a while.
Although I agree
That the smallest hypocrisy
Has no place in my faith,
I happen to believe
That giving it a little time
Before creating our rhymes,
Would be worth more.
If not, every smallest thing,
Will be criticized,
And instead of becoming sensitized,
We will be dulled to the lessons of others.
So, before you post, please remember,
That the person you're attacking
Is the person you should be backing
Because his heart is in the same place as yours.
The right place.
So judging and failing to accept a different opinion,
Will make you a minion
Of the very thing that you despise most.