On more than one occasion I have been labelled an idealist, and I don’t care. I would rather be called this than have my mind so closed to the difference of others around me, and around this planet where we live.
This morning I woke to disturbing news that three more kiwi soldiers have died in combat in Afghanistan, including our first female soldier ever killed in combat. I know the numbers of soldiers lives lost in New Zealand is negligible compared to other countries but we are a small country. Our population is only 4.5 million and every death is a big loss, of course especially to the friends and families of these people.
I have written about my feelings about war before so I won’t repeat myself. I don’t claim to have a firm grasp on the subject of international relations but I find it so difficult to accept that death in the name of war is necessary. When will it be that we learn to talk rather than fight and kill?
I was taught to live on the basis of ‘love your neighbour as yourself’, and while I don’t accept all the teaching I was given as a child, this is one that I firmly hang onto. Simply because my neighbour might be a different race, religion, gender, culture or even sexuality gives me no right to judge them as being wrong.
I also read other news this morning that disturbed me. Here in New Zealand church and various moral groups are arguing over the proposed marriage amendment bill that, if passed, will allow the way for same-sex marriage. While it is an entirely different subject than war, I am inclined to think that the issue is the same. The inability to accept the difference of others.
It is not my place to judge anyone as right or wrong. I am simply another human being walking this planet and I have as much right to freedom as anyone else. I believe that if I should choose to marry another woman I should have that right, and should have that legally recognised as a heterosexual couple would be.
More and more, I find myself objecting to what so many people say is simply ‘right’. I’m not convinced that right and wrong is that clearly cut, and that is coming from someone with the black and white thinking of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). There is hope for my adoption of the colour grey after all. I know that I have family and friends who might disagree with my views but that is okay. I think it’s a whole lot better that I stand for what I believe.
For so many years I couldn’t care less. Don’t get me wrong, I have always cared about inequality and fairness, but because of having my head so far into that mental illness fog, it was impossible to stand for anything. Now though, I get too disturbed by that inequity and judgement to just simply accept it as life. People dying at war, whether soldiers or civilians is unnecessary. People being denied the right to live as the people they are to is also unnecessary. For that matter people (like me) being judged for having a particular kind of illness and being unable to get the job or the home they need? It is also unnecessary.
Somehow we need to find a way to live together in harmony. I might sound like I’m left over from the 1960’s but I will never accept that we can not achieve this. So call me an idealist. I’m a proud one.
“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
– I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
– I shall fear only God.
– I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
– I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
– I shall conquer untruth by truth.
And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
- NZ soldiers killed in Afghanistan (tvnz.co.nz)
- Three NZ soldiers killed in Afghanistan (radionz.co.nz)
- Head to head: Same-sex marriage (stuff.co.nz)
- Catholic Bishops’ Letter On Marriage Amendment Bill Rejected By Leaders In Other Denominations (stmatthews.org.nz)
- Peace Not War (Passion Profile Challenge #1)
- Idealist (rekindledflame.wordpress.com)