Post by Graham.
Some years ago I submitted an article for the Midland Unitarian Association http://www.midland-unitarian-association.org.uk/on the subject of `Are We Angry Enough ?". My thesis was that anger achieved little in life; problems had to be looked at in the cold light of reason and, as someone who in earlier days was prone to lose his cool on many occasions (particularly when playing Rugby !), I felt it had done little to develop me as a person. After all, aren`y our watchwords Freedom, Reason, Tolerance - surely that`s enough to stop us getting hot under the collar at the slightest provocation.
And yet lately, I seem to be reverting to type, getting angry at bankers` bonuses, the injustices that exist in the world, the plight of the poor (although these are bad enough to make one explode with anger) and with so-called religious people of every denomination who seem to `talk the talk` but not `walk the walk`. There are religious people everywhere who can hardly bother to share a `Good Morning` with you as they rush off to their bible class or prayer meeting, and as for exchanging a smile: forget it ! They also seem oblivious to the plight of their neighbours, the aged, the infirm. As long as they can cling to their idea of salvation by confessing their sins and professing their allegiance to Jesus, they are content.
It`s the age-old problem:what`s more important:faith or works ? I know what for me as a Unitarian is of more concern. I couldn`t care a fig about what a person believes, whether he or she is Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or even non-believer. I am more concerned as to how they live their life, how the values they picked up from their religion or philosophy is translated into everyday action.
I don`t think we Unitarians can afford to be smug about this. We know what the principles of our belief are, that we should treat everyone with respect, that we should show love and compassion to all, but I wonder sometimes if, instead of talking endlessley about issues of belief and conscience and the like, that we were more aware of the plight of those around us and actually try to do something about it. And do we smile enough and share a cheery word with those we meet on a daily basis ? All this goes toward making this life a more wholesome and meaningful one.
Being Told ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
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