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Questioning Everything

In a world of complexity and contradiction, apathy has become a sort of survival technique. How could you face the evening news without it? Another famine, another flood, another terrorist attack – if we truly identified with the pain and suffering of others, it would paralyze us. And so our apathy extends not only to those on the other side of the world but to our families, friends, neighbors, selves.

When was the last time you questioned the way things are?
The last time you refused to accept the unacceptable?
The last time you turned your apathy into activity?

Dropping Knowledge

I like to think that I don’t suffer from apathy. I like to think that I am actively involved in my community and in organizations that are making a difference. I know that I am, but at the same time each night I do watch the news and hear of the latest murder, the latest bombing in Iraq, and the latest devastating storm in Asia or on the East Coast – I watch and all I do is think “my how sad, how tragic.” I may cry a tear or say a prayer or two, but then I go on. I live my life truly untouched by the real devastation that is occurring in the world around me.

I do often wonder why these things are happening. I wonder if there is more that I could be doing to help, but I never think there is. For the most part I feel that all I can do is watch the news and feel good that I am doing my part in other areas. But is that really enough?

I’m twenty-three. I don’t have any children, but I do have nieces and nephews. I have little cousins too. I sometimes wonder what life is going to be like for them at twenty-three. Right now we are stuck in what seems like a never ending war, and we have seen the entire city of New Orleans practically be washed away by a hurricane that we were not prepared for. We have seen New York suffer through that unforgettable September day, we have seen Oklahoma City and the Atlanta Olympic games be bombed. We have seen children go into schools with guns and kill their own class mates and then themselves.

Is this the legacy that we are leaving the next generation? How much worse are we going to allow it to get before we decide to make a change? How can we continue to watch the news at night and not want to stand up and do something about it? Things have got to change. I don’t want this to be the world that my family has to be raised in. I want more for them than that. There has to be more for them than that.

Questions From Dropping Knowledge (and my answers – not always right)

Why do we spend our time looking for hero’s, instead of being?

I think this is a great question. Everyday we should try and find a way (even a small way) to be someone’s hero. Sometimes it is as simple as holding open a door for a stranger. A smile goes a long way.

Why do we consider some lives to be worth more than others ?

I’ve always wondered that. Being a religious girl, I’ve always heard “an eye for an eye,” but I don’t believe that way. I think that if a person committed murder then the death penality is the same thing. It doesn’t make sense to me. I rarely make exceptions to my belief on this, but occasionally I will see the justification, but for the most part I see all life as sacred, and I don’t think that taking anyone’s life is ever justified.

Why do bad things happen to good people?

“Into each life a little rain must fall.” “I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance.” There is a lot of cliched senitment out there about why bad things happen to good people, but I think that it is all true. I think that if we never were sad, if we never were hurt, or dissapointed we would never truly appricate the joy of success, love, fullfillment, or true happiness. These are all things that we know and enjoy and appreciate because we know the feeling of loss and pain. I think that the bad has to come with the good, or else the good would never seem as great.

What are the three most important values a child should be taught?

I think every child needs to learn compassion. It is important to be sympathtic to others needs and feelings. To allow yourself to feel the joy and the pain of others to help you understand how to communicate and get along well with them. I think every child needs to learn faith. I don’t care if this is faith in God or just faith in their parents and in themselves. Everyone needs faith. Without faith we are nothing. I also think that every child needs to learn gratitude. It is important for a child or an adult to be thankful. To realize that everyday is not promised to them and that what they have they should cherish.

What if Everything I believed in was wrong?

So what if it is? I believe in God. I believe that the Bible is true. I believe that I should live by the Ten commandments. I believe in Heaven and Hell. What if all of this is nothing more than fiction? Have I done myself any harm by believing in it? No. I’ve lived my life right. I have made good choices because of it, so what is the harm? I think that if you believe in something that is what matters. It is important that people have faith. In the Christian God or in Kabbalah…Without faith you will question everything you do. With it you are able to believe that you are doing what is right – what is good. Of course, if you feel that what you believe is wrong then seek the truth. Read. Research. Find something that you can believe in. Just don’t ever abandon all hope.

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Of course these answers are merely my opinions. They are in no way affialiated with the Dropping Knowledge Site , but the questions are from there and I took up their challenge and decided to open my thoughts and opinions for disscussion. Feel free to oppose my view or to agree or build upon them. Like I said, these are just my opinions. Everyone has them, and I think they are all worth sharing.

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