My parents were black and white about everything and I became that way. There was only one way to do things and that was the right way. For about the last 25 years that way of life has been shunned and labeled intolerant and narrow minded, which is fairly nicely put – compared to some of the other hate speech I’ve heard. To stand firm and not be moved about what you believe is considered to somehow “stand in judgment of other people’s choices”.
If I refuse to change my beliefs and line them up with yours, somehow that makes me an awful person.
I don’t have to believe what you believe. I am free to have my own opinion or you are then “standing in judgement of me”. We do not have to agree on anything to respect each other’s right to have their own opinion. We both have the same freedom of choice to believe and do what we please as long as there is no law against it.
I believe that black and white with a little gray area is the best way for me to live. Right is right, wrong is wrong and there are consequences for our choices. This belief suits me because it makes life pretty simple for me. People have fought long and hard for me to have this freedom of choice and I’m not going to let anyone take it from me.
Bullying is an epidemic that will not stop until adults stand up, set better examples and stop giving children the impression that bullying is a proper way to behave.
They are learning it from the adults that they see bullying other adults. In my black and white world bullying is wrong because it’s a violation of our right to be free to make our own choices. And it’s rude. People hate the idea of anyone trying to force religion down their throats, but it is somehow perfectly okay for people to attempt to force their politics on me. Look it even says it’s wrong in the bible…
“But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don’t have to make it worse—and it’s doomsday to you if you do.” Matthew 18:6-7 MSG
I have the freedom to believe and quote the bible here and I’m going to exercise that right that untold thousands died to preserve for me. The Good News here is that I will allow you to use your freedom of choice too.