Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Equality and Tolerance

I’ve been writing this post for a few days and I can’t get it out of my head. I don’t often pay attention to politics. If you knew my parents, this little fact may surprise you. It may also surprise you that I don't considering this is the very subject my husband studies in school. There are many reasons I don’t get involved and many reasons I don’t share my points of view here on my blog but it's mostly because this is my place to record our happy memories (and let's be honest... how happy are politics?). 

I could easily ask my husband to help me write this post so I sound more intellectual. However, I want to speak from the heart because I finally have words for my thoughts on certain topics.  People’s Rights and Equality. Most of the women in my life right now teach on this topic, join rallies on this topic and intellectually understand way more about this topic than I ever will (or care to). That being said, I’ve questioned my thoughts on this subject. Why don’t I care? Why don’t I join them at these rallies? And why don’t I care (did I mention that already?)? Here is my answer. I (personally) don’t need to. I don’t need to because I know without a shadow of a doubt that my rights as a woman/person are equal in all forms in Heavenly Father’s eyes.

I don’t care if you are black, yellow, purple, gay, lesbian, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, agnostic, I know there is a Heavenly Father who loves us all the same. Let me repeat. Loves us ALL the SAME! We are all equal in His eyes. Now I understand that may have no meaning to you if you don’t believe in a Higher Being and that is your right. Just like it’s your right to boycott Chick-Fil-A because it’s president doesn’t believe in same sex marriages. But here’s a problem I’m seeing… those who support Chick-Fil-A are considered to be bigots, ignorant and evil.  I’m not saying this to start a riot myself, I’m genuinely curious how one person can be considered all these horrible things for standing up for their OWN beliefs without the vicious cycle of hate continuing? Why do we have to hate or persecute people for their own belief system? When asking for tolerance, shouldn’t we also show tolerance? I understand completely that this is difficult because some people are so extreme and go the wrong way about showing their beliefs.

Some of you may ask yourself how I- being a blonde hair, blue eyed, white girl from America- know anything about intolerance. Two words. I’m Mormon. I’ve lost friends, failed classes, didn’t get jobs all because of what I believe spiritually. But this has very little to do with the point at hand and doesn’t compare to the intolerance most people have to face daily. My point here is no matter who you believe in or don’t believe in… we can all benefit from showing each other some charity. Charity being the type of love where you can truly love someone for who they are and who they are trying to be without compromising who YOU are. And don't you think we as a human race could benefit having more charity in the world? 


Hillary Almond said...

I love this. It is completely possible to love someone without agreeing with everything they do.

Cecilia said...

This is an amazing post. Well spoken, Megan! Thank you for your words. They echoed my thoughts and ponderings lately. Thank you for your blog, I love it! Every post.

Gina Rice said...

Beautifully stated Megan! Love you!

Kristen said...

I agree completely! Great writing and even better peace of mind.

Captivating Eyes said...

You put into words what I've been trying to so well!! Completely agree on all aspects!