this is personal. it doesn’t matter to me how anybody ‘feels’ about it, this is how i ‘think’.
IF YOU STILL DID NOT UNDERSTAND, it says don’t read this post. Disclaimer?
i’ve been wondering for a while now if anybody accepted used clothes. both my parents and me have been trying to give away clothes – decent ones of course, but ones that we wanted to give away because we have always believed in living simply. so i asked my friend.
“there are a lot of groups who will accept it with gratitude”and she rattled off the names of a few NGOs and the likes. naturally, i wanted to know who i would be giving them to, and what would happen of the clothes.
“i wouldn’t want to give it to a group of nuns…”
“why? that is such a nasty thing to say. why are you so narrow minded?”
“because i’ve seen some of them. i’m not generalising. they’ll accept it gracefully. then they’ll give them out to my own brothers & sisters – our brothers & sisters. and convince them that they’re wretched, and the only hope in their life is to convert…”
“so? whats wrong with that? they’re still helping people. they’re still doing good. and these are poor & ignorant people anyways”
“EXACTLY my problem. they’re taking advantage of someone’s poverty, their state of desperation. why don’t they try it with, say, u or me?”
“you’re being fanatic”
ME: “really? aren’t u being just plain cowardly?”
“what are you trying to say?”
“i’m trying to say that the problem lies not with nuns or imams. i’m saying it lies in the fundamental tenets of these faiths. they don’t seem to give room for thinking. they’re dogmatic. they seem to intrinsically imply that ONLY this or that faith is the ‘true’ path. anybody who doesn’t follow the faith is an infidel. he or she then deserves to be either killed, or converted.”
i think as a mature society, we must objectively examine our beliefs. i think we must stop fearing ‘hurt sentiments’ beyong a limit. ultimately, i don’t think one must barter the truth for anything in this world.
PS: i hope i am not jailed for this.