|*unless you ask my son, who has said, and I quote: "Everyone is a muggle, except for Jesus."|
And yes while we sympathize with others we also do the polar opposite; we judge. Which is really stupid. I am not saying I do not do this (I totally do, and it is dumb). 'Cause everybody does. That is the part where we think we're better. And sure, sometimes we all have different truths that we have figured out better than other people. BUT JUST KNOWING TRUE THINGS DOESN'T MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON. We can all learn from each others strengths and knowledge and experience. No matter what they look like, no matter what religion (or lack thereof) they are, no matter their social class or geographical location, or political affiliation or mental illness or physical deformity or gender or race or shape (or the lack thereof), or beauty or sexual orientation or even age. That is the hard part. We can't figure it all out on our own. Of course you have to filter out all the crap wrong things too... its not like it is easy. Whatever resonates with you. And holds true. (which if you ARE religious, is the Spirit: but truth is true whether you believe it or not) And sometimes our own personal truths evolve as we are ready to learn it on a deeper level. And sometimes we are dead wrong. But there is usually a grain of truth in everything.
So find truth and then LIVE it. I don't care where you find it. I happen to be a Mormon, but I realize you can find pieces of truth everywhere. There are also misconceptions and crap everywhere too, including in the culture of the LDS Church. (And for heavens sake, I don't need them pointed out to me, mmm-k!) Because nobody is perfect. One of my very favorite scriptures of all time, and don't totally zone out... is in the Book of Mormon Mormon9:31, written by Mormon's son Moroni... and he basically says that neither he nor his father (or any of the many other prophets that wrote in the book) are perfect, and we shouldn't condemn them, but learn from their weaknesses that we may learn to be MORE perfect than they have been. So when we see other people's mistakes, we shouldn't judge them, but learn from them.
The best thing (in my own personal opinion) that the LDS church teaches is that we can and should search truth for yourself. Between you and God. Or you and your own conscience, whatever you believe. Truth does nobody any good whatsoever if you just talk about it. Actually BE nice to people, even (or especially) when they don't deserve it. Control your own emotions and destiny. Decide to be happy and look for good things in situations and people and life. And that is what you will see, and live. Your life is what you focus on. Another favorite quote of mine by Abraham Lincoln is: "Most people are about as happy as they want to be". There is good and bad in everyone, and inherent strengths and weaknesses in everyone. The difference is that you get to choose which parts of you to focus and act on. Your choice. You are the instigator of your own life and not the victim.
So I am venting, brain spew, and being all preachy. (And it is all sorts of disorganized.) Call it what you want, take it how you will. You certainly don't have to agree with me. I know that I certainly don't know everything and I'm screwed up just like everybody else.
But I've decided to be more open, even if that means I make my mistakes out in public. I generally like to hide, and be safe in obscurity. But I have things to say. I am going to endeavor to get my opinions out of my head. I am not going to hide anymore (probably). I'm going to say them, and they just might be controversial. And later I might think I'm stupid and disagree with myself... but I'm putting myself out there anyway. Even though it is scary. And people aren't going to agree with me and that is totally fine. Just don't be a prick about it. Disagree respectfully please.