I watched a well-done short film recently that gave me pause and made me stop and think about something I’d like to share with all of you. It’s about the nature of “love” and how we express our moral beliefs of what that word means to and with each other.
We all have individual, moral beliefs. There are so many things that factor in to the makeup of our moral compasses. Some people think it’s how we’re raised. Others think that it’s due to a trait or traits with which we’re born, something deep inside the genetic code, perhaps. (Side note: There is an excellent book by Robert Wright called “The Moral Animal” which actually goes into detail regarding evolutionary genetic predisposition of morality). Still others posit that it’s a combination of both nurture and nature. When it comes to morality, “right vs. wrong”, it’s often a war between those who see things in very black and white terms and those who see the infinite shades of gray.
More often than not, peoples’ morality stems from their religion. Said religion has a dogma or certain set of beliefs that its followers adhere to and that tend to form most of their ideas about what is right and what is wrong. Society also plays a large role, in that whatever religion is most accepted in a society will also dictate what the majority of people living in that society will believe and accept as right/wrong. Religious indoctrination in any society isn’t a new trick, it’s as old as…well, as old as mankind. For that matter, all manner of wars and killing have happened because of religion and moral beliefs since very early in Mans’ collective history. If you are part of any society on earth, you will probably be exposed at some point to different beliefs.
But what I’ve been thinking about…is how do you express your religious and moral beliefs to other people? Do you express them with love? Are you judgmental and/or hateful? What kind of living example do you present to others regarding your moral actions? To disagree with someone regarding a moral value does not imply that you hate him or her. It simply means you disagree as to whether it’s “right” or “wrong”. It’s not about convincing, persuading or converting the other person to your point of view. By the same token, it’s also not about bullying, shaming, ostracizing or punishing someone who doesn’t share your exact same point of view or set of beliefs.
You may be passionate about your beliefs. You may desperately want to convince the other person of why your point of view and belief is the “correct” one. But that does NOT give you the right to force your OPINION(S), your BELIEF(S) upon anyone else. Period. Once you cross the line of trying to force your own morals, beliefs, opinions, values upon other people, you have stepped beyond the line of respect. Respect and tolerance are both two-way streets.
Here is the film. I suggest watching it with an open mind (of course) and if you’d like to leave a comment, please do. All I ask is that you please use common courtesy and remain kind. I don’t tolerate spam and I don’t tolerate offensive or hateful remarks. Oh…and I most certainly do not feed trolls. 😉