Today, I posted something on Facebook about how some people call themselves Christians and do anything but. Essentially, just like the Muslim extremists they are always complaining about, they have kidnapped God to serve their purposes. I can guarantee, this is not going to be a liked post on my page. In fact, I am kind of shocked that five minutes later, one person already pressed the like button. The reason why I am surprised is because having an opinion is not a good thing in most cases.
What do I mean? If you don’t follow the herd, you are wrong. I can’t help it. I am smiling as I hit publish. I can only imagine my dad cringing while secretly being very proud of what I posted. You see, my dad used to live in fear of every time I posted something like this, because he was worried that I might lose my job for having an opinion. Deep down, he loved that I wrote the way I did and that I was not afraid to say it. Still, he was worried about my future. This, in the simplest fashion, is the point of this post. We have come to the point where we have no right to have a different opinion than the majority.
I no longer work for anyone else. I am starting my own business. I run my business like I run my marriage. My husband and I don’t agree politically, in fact, we are complete opposites politically. I respect his opinion and I believe he respects mine (we’ve been together for 30 years, married 28. I have to assume he at least tolerates my opinion). The thing is this: if you cannot respect my opinion when you disagree with me, or my religious or political point of view, I don’t want to do business with you. This is not impossible to achieve. I am surrounded by friends and business associates who don’t agree with me. We all agree to disagree. We all have our beliefs. There is nothing wrong with not being the same. If we were all the same, this would be a very boring world.
Will there be times when we move towards a common goal? Yes. We all agree on charity work. I decided to start doing walkathons. I can get in shape while getting funds for different charities I believe in. My friends, Republicans and Democrats alike, donate to my efforts and watch my Live videos when I am on the trail.
Sometimes, we disagree. That is OK too. Look, not everyone likes chocolate. I cannot understand them. I am, after all, a chocoholic. That does not mean I am going to buy a gun and shoot them, unfriend them or treat them like crap. WE can all have different opinions. We can all believe different things. The world is not going to end just because you and I don’t see eye to eye on everything.
You might be wondering what I wrote that caused all these emotions. You can read it from here and tell me if you agree. Seems to me the world is a little hostile at the moment. I want it to be less violent and more amicable. Is that too much to ask?
What do you think we can do? Leave your comment below and share with your friends so that we can start a real conversation.