The system is broken


Of course the system is broken. It has too much of a bias for colonizers who have left the nations they colonized much worse than they were when they were discovered. They taught people how to be greedy by stripping land of its natural resources without any consideration for what might happen. They taught people how to be corrupt by offering greater benefits and favours to those who would bow to them and do whatever they wanted, selling out those who would not. They taught people how to be selfish by taking whatever they could and leaving so little that natives had to fight for what was left just to survive. They taught them false idealism by promising a new life if the natives complied with their every wish, then brought the natives to their homelands where the natives were out of place and made to work at menial tasks for meager wages then denied equal status. They settled on new lands and decided it was theirs, taking whatever they wanted and killing the original landowners, making their rules and governments and forcing the native survivors to work at more menial tasks with little or no pay, stripping them of their dignity, their loved ones, and their ways of life. This broken system, this colonial mentality is what most nations are built on. Of course it needs to be fixed, but not with people who still carry this bias in their minds and in their hearts. Not with people at the helm who think they are more privileged than others, who think others are less important or less significant or less human than they are. It needs to be fixed by people who are willing to take apart what is wrong and build something completely new, inclusive, radical. Something that will recognize the interconnectedness of everything–of humans and nature–that for humans to survive, they need to be in harmony with each other and with nature, because everything we need to survive comes from nature and other humans.

*This response was because of what is happening in the world now and how disenfranchised and marginalized groups of people–blacks, minorities, LGBTQ, indigenous, and others–are rising up and raising their voices. It is a cry we cannot and should not ignore.

Is there one true religion?


I do believe that the one true religion is the one that embraces everyone with no judgement. It is the one that treats all humans equally and respects all humans. It does not discriminate and declare that any one person, group, or nation is any better than the rest. It seeks only unity and community, peace and love. It teaches only respect and compassion for everything and everyone around us. It encourages us to share what we have and give what we can freely, with no obligations. In this religion, there is no room for selfishness or greed, power or politics. In this religion, individuality is celebrated, not shunned. In this religion, an attack on anyone, in whatever form, for whatever reason, is a breach of trust, a war against peace, a violation of the individual. I have my faults and failings, but I try to live my life this way, as much as I can, in whatever way I can.