In days of old when men were bold … Days of Rage were an every day thing. So what has changed?
Christians went to war to ‘save’ Jerusalem from the infidel, pumped up with Bible bravado and banners flying they assumed a God given right to fight to save the temple. Not forgetting the promise of a treasure beyond their wildest dreams! But of course, just to keep their hand in, on their way down through Europe they slaughtered the Jews as well. Well, they had killed the Son of God, hadn’t they?
So many wars have been fought in the name of a god.
‘What god?’ You may ask. I am truly saddened that there are those who do not recognise the existence of any god, but that is their choice. Well at least they have no supernatural being to fight for! Or do they?
In my book there is only the One true God. And I am happy that there are so many in this world who profess a belief in Him. Who said, ‘Which God are you talking about?’ ? Well, as there is only One true God that has no name it is only natural that each of us unique humans with our individual families and upbringing should think of the One in a different way and given Her/Him a different name.
So you see, to me they are all One and the same no matter what name is given to the nameless, formless One.
What has been missing from all of our classrooms Mosques, Churches, Synagogues and Temples is the respect that is due to every other human and their right to think and say and believe what they wish and to worship whomsoever they please and by whatever name they choose. Also of course not to feel threatened if someone makes fun of their chosen one or imagine that their faith will be shaken by blasphemy.
There was the time when the Christian Kings, Barons and Nobles with their loyal supporters went to war on the Muslim King and his vastly superior numbers. There is this same kind of battle and confrontation perpetuated in the towns and villages across Spain each year at Summer Fiesta time, acted out to commemorate their own experience of religious war, but unlike real conflict, one day the Christians win and the next the Muslims are victorious. At least here in our town. How sensible!
But did they need to perpetuate the conflict at all?
Sadly, in the real world, with no respect for one another, and lets face it, it doesn’t take much to upset a fervent follower of any faith these days when we should be trying to bring peace into our world through our very breath, the words of respect we need to preach and the common respect we need to have for one another to me are paramount.
But there are those in our world who take freedom to its limit beyond the realm of decency and respect with Satanic Verses, cartoons of prophets and satirical videos, that anyone with a glimmer of sense would have known would be more than likely to start a conflict. Not that it should but would.
It is the turn of the Muslims to take it out on the Christians, the Jews and anyone else who upsets their delicate sensibilities. You must know that unlike the Christian Kings they did not need to invade our lands. They are already here with us enjoying our same nationality, achieved over time almost imperceptibly without invasion. We need to respect and learn to live with our brothers and sisters and they need to respect and learn to live together in peace with us.
We all need to understand that the resentment lies deep, that has been carried in the Psyche for generations, and it only needs a very small excuse to reignite the anger that can explode against any Western interest in any corner of the known world.
Go gently on your way and treat others as you would wish to be treated.
Go in Peace, Hanukah