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Why do we turn our backs on things without even giving them a chance?

To borrow a cliché, why do we judge books by their covers? Honestly, this is the dumbest thing someone could EVER do. Not, necessarily, only with people, but with concepts, ideals, and doctrine. When a concept is presented to you, you shouldn't take it for what someone else tells you about it, unless they're a well-informed person who can truly give you unbiased information about it. Never accept something at face value just because your teacher or parent says that it's good or bad. One example that I've experienced, personally, is with Communism. Don't get me wrong. I can hear the wheels of preconceived biases turning in heads all over. Perhaps even in yours. Stop them. Rust them over. Hide the oil can. The thing is, all I, and so many others, have been taught about the system of Communism is that it's bad and evil and all we have seen of it is the corrupted version brought about by the Bolsheviks, Cubans, and Chinese. The thing is, the people who brought about this working-class rebellion were too low-class to know how to a)read and/or b)properly interpret and comprehend the ideals set forth in "The Manifesto of the Communist Party" by Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels. They didn't know how to run the nation in the correct manner. This lead to the uprising of dictators and tyrants like Lenin, Stalin, and Castro. These are not the ideals of Communism, they never were, nor will they ever be.

Don't take this as me trying to push Communism on you...I'm just using this as an example. I'm also advising you to go out and try something you've never even considered before. Go out and research Rastafarianism (I don't believe in it, but it's something I'd been curious about...how many people actually know what it's about, other than reggae and pot smoking?)...read the Communist Manifesto...if nothing else, to expand your mind. You don't have to believe anything anyone else believes. If you take things at the biased face-value that they're usually presented to you as, you become nothing more than another part of the herd. Avoid herd mentality at all cost...never go along with something just because a majority believes it. You have to make sure you believe in it, too. Not because you've been taught to believe it, but because you honestly believe it for yourself.

Before I go, I have one question for you to ponder...one that has plagued me for a while now...this is only aimed at Christians...if you're not one, don't worry about it. I hold nothing against you. Believe what you want...that's the whole point of this (believe me, the irony is not lost upon me that the only belief that I try to force on others is the belief that one should never try to force a belief on others).

Anyway...sorry, I'm rambling again...my question is this, for you to ponder:

ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A HEAVEN, OR BECAUSE YOU ARE AFRAID THAT THERE IS A HELL?

--the Co.konspirator

P.S. If you would like a copy of the Communist Manifesto to read, contact me on AOL Instant Messenger...my screenname is HamsterBoy451. Let me help the process of mind expansion begin in you.

------
'He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.'
-Lao Tzu

'Tomorrow will take us away,
Far from home--
No one will ever know our names,
But the bards' songs will remain.
Tomorrow, all will be known,
And You're not alone,
So don't be afraid
In the dark and cold
'Cause the bards' songs will remain.
They all will remain
In my thoughts and in my dreams
They're always in my mind....
Come close Your eyes;
You can see them, too.'
Blind Guardian,
The Bard's Song: Into the Forest


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The following comments are for "just kind of a general wonderingment"
by the Co.konspirator

Hope for heaven fear of hell
I am Christian because one you discard the extraneous stuff (anything Christ Himself didn't say and EVERYTHING the church has done to what He did say) you are left with an essentially humanitarian socialist therology that places a premuim on personal responsibility and uses conduct alone as the criteria for judgement. I don't believe in Heavewn or Hell so hope for one or fear of the other is moot.

( Posted by: Enforced Bliss [Member] On: July 23, 2002 )

Christianity
I am not a Christian, but I support those like Enforced Bliss and my father. Christianity is about a pursuit of a certain behaviorial standard. Anything else calling itself Christianity is a warped version of it. I'm not afraid of Hell, but I don't aspire to Heaven, either. I simply aspire to be the best person I can be within the boundaries that I know of.
On another note, I think that Communism has its merits in a utopian society, but Communism itself will never create a utopian society.

( Posted by: MKMINION [Member] On: July 23, 2002 )

thank you
your points are all valid, and I am glad to have heard from both of you on this topic. You have taken the words at exactly what they were meant for, and it seems you have both found, essentially, what I was working to inspire others to search for in their own lives. I thank you.

( Posted by: the Co.konspirator [Member] On: July 25, 2002 )





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