Usually I don’t post on the weekends unless something really amazing happens to me, or is going to happen to me. Now I am not even a religious person, but I am what is called an “Agnostic”. Which means I believe there is something out there, may not be “God” or “Gods/Goddesses”, but something else as well. Now this day is not a Public Holiday so all the shops will be open today and this day is always held on the third Sunday in the month of January.
Many organizations celebrate the day by holding interfaith events where faith leaders get together to give talks and lectures. People are encouraged to talk to and listen to people from faiths different than their own and to understand the basic tenets of other religions.
Religion is SUCH hot topic these days. I just think we should “observe” this day. We have millions of people who have some kind of Faith and I don’t know about everyone else, but I am tired of everyone trying to make everyone else trying to be the “true religion”. Humans Beings are inherently different, the chance of you being exactly like someone else, even with identical twins, is very highly unlikely.
The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. It was established by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States in 1950 as a way to encourage interfaith understanding.
I believe that Religion while it definitely does damage, especially when it’s in the wrong hands. Can do just as much good, and this is what I am fighting for, I have seen it. I don’t think that it’s going to ever happen in my lifetime, but I believe it will eventually happen.
My mind had the most inspirational, mind expanding experience last night. A night that I think will live with me for probably the rest of my life. Last night we had the legendary Stephen Fry in town last and he was speaking on stage for an hour and a half (although it ended up going over the set time…No one was complaining though!). One of the great things that happened after I left that stadium, I actually genuinely felt smarter coming out of that place.
What an inspirational person! I highly recommend that if he is ever in your part of town I strongly recommend that you go out and get tickets.
To give you some clarification of why he was in town to begin with. This year, 40 years ago, we had an law passed that decriminalised homosexuality by our their Prime Minister Don Dunstan, an absolute legend for my state (please look at the link, there are not many politicians like him. As Stephen Fry said “He was years before his time”).
Last night was absolutely the most mind expanding night that I had ever had, it was interesting too because a lot of what he was saying, I’ve been thinking too. Clearly though Stephen Fry can say it much more eloquently than I can and he can definitely put forward a good and intelligent argument. He talked about everything from homosexuality, politics, terrorism, religion. There were a lot of interesting points that he made, for example, I always thought that he was just dead set against religion. Although he would say that he’s a Atheist, he thinks religion can actually be a good thing. Like a lot of people who actually read the religious texts, a lot of religions are based on love and acceptance. Anyone who tries to call another human being “Stupid” for what they do or do not believe in is “sick”.
I was personally blown away by this I have always felt like my atheist friends attack my religious friends far more than the other way around and it really bugs me. What is the difference? Not much really. I am what the term is “Agnostic” so I think there is something out there, I just don’t know what. I believe in Angels, etc.
Stephen Fry’s main focus was on homosexuality and that is where I learnt even more about Oscar Wilde. What a sad life indeed, if only he could have had a time lord as a friend, to see into the future. One cannot even believe that his life would have been as truly horrible as it was, had he been born today. Then again we would not have such classic novels.
It seems appropriate to talk about the most famous person at this time of year. If you go to Google at the moment, there is a tracker that you can view and it tells you how long it will be until Santa visits.
Whatever you might call him, I think we can all agree that this time is not only a magical time but is also a completely insane time of year. That last couple of days before the big day.
I actually got into a fight recently though for someone who is a “atheist” calling parents ‘stupid’ for letting their children believe in Santa. I normally try to stay out of “belief” type debates, but that one really mad me angry.
I think ANY type of extremist attitude is not alright. There is nothing stupid for letting children believe in Santa Claus, especially around Christmas. I think it is much more important to bring up children to be decent adults. What someone believes in does not for one second make someone bad or good and definitely does not make someone “stupid”. In every “belief/non-belief” system there is always going to be extremist who thinks that they are better than the rest.
The recent events in Sydney made me really realise this, most religions are based on loved for each other. They are definitely not based on what the extremists promote. I think that there’s nothing wrong with that? What’s wrong with telling people to love each other? If faith gets you through the day, I don’t understand why, quiet frankly, it’s anyone else’s business? It does make me laugh though how, I would call myself an “Agnostic” I have to constantly point out to my religious and atheist friends how similar they really are.
I just hate it when they bring Father Christmas into it…That is not cool!
Here as an extra bonus is a video that I found funny Santa fails:
Published on 6 Dec 2013
Funny Santa Claus Fail Compilation 2013