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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

CAN'T WE ALL JUST BE NICE?

Unproductive and uninspired. Seeking distractions and finding them everywhere. Very odd and rare frame of mind for me. This is what I get for taking on more work than I actually want to do while at the same time inundating myself with this political news and having seen a controversial movie about religion.

But in the spirit of taking something from nothing I've come to rediscover myself. This election is getting very very negative and downright dirty. Yes I have very strong feelings about the side I'm voting for but I have no need to preach about it here or anywhere. I'm not going to change anybody's mind and they won't be changing mine. I remember the day after the last presidential election. I went to bed thinking Senator Kerry had won my state of Florida and thus the election. Yes, I believe it was stolen. Again. I was irate and depressed. But my neighbors, all Republicans, were exceedingly thoughtful to Cathy and me that morning. There was no smirking or gloating or even a mention of it. It was a powerful lesson in friendship to me. Even today, it is a rare moment when I'm baited into any discussion of politics with these folks.

If things hold up as they are going now, more in my favor, my neighbors can expect the same behavior from me. And if it goes the other way, even though it would have to be a result of the dirtiest kind of politics, I pledge myself to be nice.

If there is anything I believe in, any one law that is worth dedicating my life to, it's the pledge to just be nice. Cathy and I, along with another like-minded close friend, saw Bill Mahar's Religulous last weekend. It was fun to be in a large crowd of people laughing at all that we believe to be ridiculous. Namely religion itself. But it is not my style or intention to ever publicly belittle people who take comfort in religious beliefs and organized religion of any kind. They may cast judgment on this heathen but I don't judge them. Whatever gets them through the night is fine with me. As long as they don't get in my face about it. And when they do, they get no theological argument like Bill Mahar's. If they are obnoxious, they get a cold shoulder at worst. Usually, however, a plea not to discuss religion is enough. Every religion should be based on one belief. The belief to just be nice. And if the rest of what you do in that religion defies that one guiding principal, then you should be excommunicated. Just be nice and nothing else matters.

I'm not nice all the time but I've never started or condoned a war based on a religious, philosophical or political belief. Never tried to get money out of anybody to save their soul. Never blew anybody up to make a point. Never used a belief of any kind to justify something I did that wasn't nice. If I did it, I'm sorry. I screwed up. I will try not to let that happen again. Surely that's a more sane way to live and enjoy my time as this organism known as Bud.

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posted by Bud @ 6:31 PM

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Politics and religion, two subjects that bring forth tears of frustration and disbelief but we still vote and go to our houses of god.
I guess that makes us sheep LOL

Both are best served with cold beer and nuts.
Oh wait, we vote for the nuts.
 
i can't wait to see that film. my religion is based on The Giving Tree by Shel, the beauty of bunt attempts barehanded by Mike Schmidt down the line, Jeff Tweedy's great voice, owning a beautiful guitar, reading to my kids, and the ability of a woman to raise an eyebrow seductively at me and make me forget what i was talking about.
 
I see a mention here of Shel Silverstein 's "The Giving Tree" and I find it more than a coincidence that I met rocker Peter Frampton at a library reading he gave with his 5 year-old daughter Mia from this book. I try very hard to observe "The Golden Rule". You and Cathy are shining examples of loving others and showing kindness in a world that I sometimes feel I no longer relate to, Bud. Very thought-provoking no matter who takes the White House. There is still our communities who beckon. :)
 
When I was a journalist, the editor would say "if everyone's unhappy with the story, you must be doing a good job".

Isn't that so like politics? If someone's happy, someone else isn't.

Anyway. Roll on development of my Ewok village...
 
Bud, thanks for your comment on my post. After reading yours, I have to say that you put it so much better, my friend, lol! I've been so kind in my comments on blogs I disagree with that I'm nothing but proud of myself, and yet some have chosen to email me with otherwise attitudes. Most I don't really know. And the people here in my hometown and the church where I've been teaching those kids... Gah!!

I also mirror Michael's feelings in his comment above about "a world I sometimes no longer relate to."

"Religulous" sounds right up my alley and the thing to get over my sour mood ;)
 
Bud, remember: it's OK to be a total douchebag 167 hours a week - as long as you go to chuch on Sunday! :)
 
"I'm not nice all the time but I've never started or condoned a war based on a religious, philosophical or political belief. Never tried to get money out of anybody to save their soul. Never blew anybody up to make a point. Never used a belief of any kind to justify something I did that wasn't nice. If I did it, I'm sorry. I screwed up. I will try not to let that happen again. Surely that's a more sane way to live and enjoy my time as this organism known as Quin"



thanks, you said it for me, my friend!
 
I also have that same motto -- a difference in beliefs is usually irrelevant to me in a friendship, as long as everyone "plays nice." People in Seattle are often very opinionated about politics in a group of strangers, assuming that everyone in the room believes the same way they do and insulting those that don't.
 
I find that if you don't stand for something, you will fall for everything. So when it comes to politics, I am pretty firm on what I believe and can get emotional over it. Knowing this, I usually don't express my opinions in public as I don't want to offend anyone.
 
I love what Mr. L said!!
And I loved this post--it is a known fact that you'll not often change anyone's mind, nor let yours be changed on a subject of importance. I do enjoy those rare occasions when a constructive discussion can be engaged in and knowledge shared.

I saw a bumper sticker recently that said, "Thank You President Bush" and I wrote a very long, very heated post about it but then I remembered that I feel the same way you describe here, so I didn't post it...it's nice to live in a state where opinions are self-formed rather than in a state where one particular relgious denomination controls EVERYdamnTHING.

Anywho, thanks for being a being of peace. :)
 
I am looking forward to this film. Thanks for your take, Bud!
 
Amen.

Get it? AMEN?? :}

Sorry, my friend, it's late...

Paul Malden (aka I.M. Dedd)
 
Just stopped by on October 29th Bud to wish you Happy Halloween with undoubtedly many kids stopping by in Venice for candy this week! :D) ALL BEST, MY FRIEND!
 
I don't fear religion, but I fear those who would repress it-- and I don't go to church.

Maybe I'm getting old but I see intolerance coming at me from all sides. It seems the people I know, who claim to be fair minded and all for equal rights have been really vicious this election season and it makes me sad. I hope the winners this election can show the same grace your friends did in the last election. I hope to see a lot of people with the same mind-set as you. Those are the messages of hope floating around in my head.
 
Yes but if you started the Church of Bud, I'd have to join. :-)

I've gotten so fed up with the pollsters coming to my door that I put up a sign reading:

Yes we already voted.
No we wonÕt tell you how.
With campaign crap our trash is bloated.
Please leave us alone now.

I wish I could do the same to my phone, but I'd just be talking to computers. They are relentless!
 
Here, here, my friend.

And to be succint, I think "be nice" and "the golden rule" were the exact points of my very long-winded gripey post over a month ago. In a nutshell, that's all I was trying to say... just BE NICE!

Why is something sooooo simple sometimes so outta reach for some people to grasp? I just don't get it.

Luv this post & hope you are doing well!

xo
 
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