*** NOTE: this post was supposed to be about my recent SHARE on Facebook (see below) but then I got a bit deep. ***
Looks like I insulted a whole lot of people AGAIN!
I shared a quote from Elizabeth Taylor (from the photos of Fibro News and Info) on my FB site:
In my view, the quote expresses what we, as FM sufferers have to do every day. Some days it doesn’t actually work, and we don’t actually get up, but we all try. We have to keep going. We have hurdles (they may last a day, a week, a month, etc) but we struggle to continue with our lives.
This is what I thought the quote expressed – it described our struggles; it wasn’t a direction on how to live life!
Now, how can people be insulted by that, right? Wrong!
One comment: …nice & true, EXCEPT FOR TAKING MY GOD’S NAME IN VAIN…SHOW SOME RESPECT. Please, it is a quote – I cannot change the words in the quote to suit everyone (it wouldn’t be a quote, then!). But I still posted it as I felt it expressed our daily struggle. And the phraseology really got my back up – ‘MY GOD’ as opposed to my God or your God or any other higher being that some-one may believe in. I do not believe that Elizabeth Taylor meant for anyone to take this as a personal insult.
One message: It is absolutely uncalled for to post anything using God’s name in vain!!! I no longer have ANY respect for this page!!! It is not my quote (or even Fibro News and Info‘s quote). It is a quote by a famous individual. As I said previously, I cannot change the words in the quote to suit everyone. But I still posted it as I felt it expressed our daily struggle. Sometimes I curse and sometimes I use God’s name in vain (and I have trouble believing that there is an individual out there who has NEVER done so), and I am disappointed that a fellow FM sufferer cannot understand the need to express oneself in any way that one can.
This also leads me to think about the way different cultures understand and express themselves.
As you know, I am Australian. I think we (Aussies) tend to see ourselves as very much like Americans. That is, until it comes to cursing (we call it swearing) or using the word ‘God.’ I don’t think the use of any of the words that seem to cause a bit of a ruckus on my FB site, would make an Aussie (or even a Brit) blink an eye. (And the Americans are the ones with a constitutionally protected freedom of speech!)
It is not that we are less religious or less Christian (within the Judeo-Christian concept). Perhaps we are more accepting or realistic? Or we believe that our belief in a higher spirit (whatever you call him or her) does not come down to such minutiae? I can’t say any of this for certain but I can talk about my own beliefs…
I know that my own belief system, which stems from a Jewish upbringing, is based upon knowing there is a higher being (whether that be God, the universe or something else, I am not sure). This higher being has a plan for all of us (but this is not to say that we don’t have some power over our own futures). It is a belief in universal, not relative, morality – ultimately, I answer to this higher being, not to other people. I believe that, in general, I should try to lead a good life. A good life does not mean a perfect life as defined by the Old Testament or the New Testament or the Koran (etc. You get the idea!), or so I believe. It means treating others as you would like to be treated. It means helping others if you have the means and/or ability to do so.
I do not believe this makes me a bad Jew (or Christian or anything else).
For example, as a Jew, I am not supposed to donate my organs (who would want them?) upon my death (although as medical transplantation methods have improved, rabbinical opinions are becoming more accepting) because:
- The needless mutilation of a body is forbidden (hence no tattoos, either);
- Preparing a body of a Jewish donor for transplants delays the burial process and paying respect to the deceased;
- It is forbidden to gain a benefit from a dead body; and
- A person should be buried whole with all their body parts.
However, I have always believed that ultimately the saving of another life (or lives) by donating my organs is a much more moral choice.
Similarly, as a child and young adult, I was taught to never write the word ‘God:’ as a sign of respect, I was taught to write G-d. Now, as an adult, I have decided that the way in which I write the word does not change the way I feel towards this higher being.
I do not believe that cursing (swearing) is going to bring the wrath of this higher being down upon me. Neither do I believe that using the word ‘God’ is going to make very much of a difference to whether I live a good life or not.
But these are my beliefs – you can read about them or not but I will not be forcing them upon anyone. You have the right to your opinion but please don’t force your beliefs upon me.