Amazing and important post I had to share, thanks to the great mind of Previntage.
You cannot tell someone how to aesthetically present themselves, you cannot tell someone how to use a word, you cannot tell anyone these things with any rationalization. It doesn’t matter what race you are, you do not have the right of any influence whatsoever. It doesn’t matter what culture you’re imbedded in, you can dress whatever style you please and use whatever label you so choose. People, you have the freedom to choose to be a good person and also choose to use words in harmless ways. What you put into a word is all that’s there, the rest is in the imagination. Do not let words have power over you or assume your words have power over others. Too many people are skiddish with words, words that some ancestor a thousand years ago made up or words random teenagers made up a couple decades ago.
Words are empty and a person has the right to instill their own personal angle into any word they please. Yes, I’m referring to words that are usually dubbed as potentially offensive, words that were whipped up by imperfect humans, or meanings & intentions that strangers strive to stuff your face with- acting as if you put it all there yourself. People either use their own interpretations of words for harmless fun or to think outside the box with good intentions. Yes, there are people out there who do it sarcastically or to troll, but we have no clue which ones. Why continue to strangle each other with words that are man-made? Why do we limit ourselves to this? Why can’t we turn our focus to the things that truly matter, people who hold for us that mysterious thing called love or life-threatening events in our country or other countries that are laughing at us behind our backs right now?
If you cut out letters of a word from a newspaper and scattered them on a desk, that word has no power, correct? If you aligned these letters together to make sense, that word still holds no power. If someone walks by, sees that word on the desk and reads it out loud, that word still holds no power. Don’t ever let people who only see in black and white, who think only inside a small box that they have let society build for them, who live to sniff out every obscure crevice for a sign of potentially imperfect intentions tell you what actions to take or tell you specific ways you should be feeling through these words.
Know that only you know your true intentions, and that is all that will ever matter.
Muslim women wear hijab because they feel it pleases God/Allah, Christians(and other religions) are allowed to do things we feel pleases God, they should be allowed to in peace as well.
So, I went to the store alone wearing this(I tried to find the loosest clothing I had). I always say hi to a dozen random people(give or take a couple, haha) and give compliments every time I go out somewhere. It’s rare that I don’t get a “hello” back and this time only 1 out of 10 people replied with a greeting of any sort, the others turned away and said nothing. No, I’m not saying it was because I was wearing hijab, it most definitely could have been a coincidence, maybe I only said hello to extremely shy people today. Haha.
I was walking along the front of the store after grabbing the few things I needed and it just so happened that the only open register that was empty was with a Middle-Eastern guy donning a beaming smile, LOL! I was thinking, “Oh gosh, what if he says something to me in Arabic or another language I don’t understand, I’ll feel bad.” Sure enough he greets me with “Assalaam Alaikum” in which my reply is supposed to be “Wa Alaikum assalaam” if you don’t want to be rude, but I knew I couldn’t pronounce it, I’m only familiar with a few phrases typed & familiar with when they’re said. LOL! SO, I replied, “Um, I, er, I’m not Muslim.” He just continued to stare at me as he was putting my groceries in bags. I elaborated, “Today is World Hijab Day and I’m supporting my friends. Many people see hijab as oppression & it’s a part of religious freedom.” Then he got all excited and agreed saying that if you choose it, it’s freedom.
He started talking about his Islamic background, his homeland, and how he is now a Pagan. Then he paused and said(even though I made it clear a moment ago, LOL), “So, how long have you been a convert?” I replied trying not to laugh, “Um, I’m not a convert, I’m not Muslim, I’m a Pentecostal Christian supporting my Muslim friends.” He looked a bit curious and confused and I continued to briefly talk about how I’m an admin to a Facebook group called “Children of Adam” and our goal is to have all religions come together in peace and understanding and to assist in eliminating stereotypes that the media likes to feed us.” He seemed very pleased once again, beaming. I swear it was like the sun was behind his teeth. LOL! So yea, that was my experience today. 🙂
Here is a close-up photo of me & my Catholic friend who is also supporting World Hijab Day today.
Is it just Americans who are blinded by media? Is it just Americans who are too caught up with their daily lives to realize what horror stories are developing around them? I’m one to habitually seek knowledge of other cultures & religions, but I think this is something I could not truly know until I lived in other countries myself for a while. Either way, we are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Why do I say this?
Well, how informed are most of us Americans when it comes to the unpopular war or the real-life horror stories that aren’t so popular? I’d say a large fraction of us are decently informed of what’s going on in Syria, but only when it comes to the basics. I will get into that another day though. Let’s just use one example for now that I believe most of us know next to nothing about because it deserves attention, Ukraine:
What do we do about such a situation though? America has the biggest international “Savior complex”. We feel we are the solution to every country’s problems, which is honestly too much to juggle, we can’t even take care of ourselves very well, but it’s also too difficult to just sit there & let it happen. Stuck between a rock & a hard place. Maybe I think that we should never intervene whatsoever as a government. What? I didn’t say “should never intervene as America”?
When “the American people” intervene, it is never just the American people. It is always driven by our corrupt government that is getting itself & everyone else involved for less than honorable reasons. What we should do instead is literally leave it to us American people to volunteer. Is it not best for us individuals to volunteer in sending food packages & supportive letters to those protesting in Ukraine than for our government to intervene which will not only take attention, resources, & money away from the needy people in America but also add to America’s debt? Sure, our government intervening would result in something more noticeable & in more efficient ways, but the question is, is it worth the damage it will do to us? Is it truly in everyone’s best interests to let history repeat itself? Maybe I’m partly talking out of my ass, maybe there are exceptions. Let me rephrase that, I honestly believe there are always exceptions. Where can the majority of us agree to draw the line on these exceptions?
When the majority of us can settle on an answer to this is the day we will have the resources to make a great impact not only within ourselves but on the rest of the world.
One of my concerns is over this quote I’ve been seeing float around the internet frequently. It has its rounds where if one person shares it on Facebook or Pinterest, then several of their friends relate to it & share it as well. Every once in a while, this is one of the most popular quotes I see. Something is sorely wrong here.
Let’s begin by chewing on the fact that when many people find a statement with quotes around it, there’s this mindset that they ran into a golden idea. Quotations insist that their must be some sort of golden credibility or common sense to the statement right? How about if we place the quote on a pretty background, doesn’t this give the idea some official seal? What moves us to be so accepting of an idea that is decorated & merely seems powerful at the surface?
All that is necessary is wiping the glitter off the surface to expose something that will mildly improve one’s self. Even though it’s just a step to preventing grime from collecting on ourselves, this is more appealing than smearing the grime all over the ground we all walk on. The grime of these rotten ideas, insults to true knowledge & wisdom, are spread so thin on the ground we walk on every day by the media, corporations, & ourselves that we don’t even realize for quite some time that we were even walking on an unclean ground. Usually by the time we’re somewhat aware, the grime spreads to our legs, our hands, our eyes and mouth. We become blind & start spitting out some of the grime back onto the ground or even into other people’s faces until they obey or until our children learn to respect & appreciate it.
Oh, you might think this is an exaggeration. The thing is, ideas are one of the most powerful things a human being could hold. There is no such thing as a scanty idea, only ideas that have yet to be fully developed and implemented. We often underestimate how rapidly an idea we hold can either develop us into something monstrous or into something worth knowing in multiple aspects.
“Don’t get confused between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.”, is no golden thought or idea. Neither your personality, nor your attitude have any relation at all with any other person. It’s an illusion, it’s an easy way to shift the weight. We need to cease this infatuation with what’s easy. The right thing is hardly ever within the vicinity of easy & this isn’t new. We should feel empowerment through kicking this grime off of our soles, not by shoving our foot, this grime, in other people’s faces & then puffing out our chests as we walk away while leaving a fragment of our integrity behind. I don’t need to tell any of you any of this though. All you have to do is take that extra step of wiping the coat of glitter off the grime yourself. 🙂
2013 has been probably the most interesting year, major changes, taking roots somewhere new would be at the top of that list. I have made so many friends internationally this past year & have learned so much about differing religions & cultures it’s mind-blowing. There have been minor changes in myself as well. I will forever be tweaking parts of myself. I will never change the core of who I really am but I believe in becoming the best ME. I’ve learned a lot more patience & have been trying really hard to not have a short temper which has been working somewhat. These are my biggest weaknesses, but at least I’ve had highly noticeable success in one of these areas. God, my husband, & a lot of self-reflection are the biggest influences in bettering myself & making myself happy. I wish all of you growth, happiness, & peace this next year & every year after! 🙂
(I do not take credit for this photo)
“So on a night nearly 43 years ago, while Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier bludgeoned each other over 15 rounds in a televised title bout viewed by millions around the world, burglars took a lock pick and a crowbar and broke into a Federal Bureau of Investigation office in a suburb of Philadelphia, making off with nearly every document inside.”
I feel this is rather brave & it was was almost as if I felt some weight lift off of their shoulders after reading this. I wonder how they have dealt with this in their head all these years, if they even ever gave it much thought afterwards. Tell me what you guys think! 🙂