The year 2070, and all the Gods are dead. Peace on Earth and goodwill toward men.
The “Great Change” began in 2020. The world’s political and religious orders had grown increasingly intolerant of one another. Hatred between the people of different races escalated to such an extreme that subsequently violence was in the hearts of all, male and female. Anger and intolerance grew in every heart like a virus and eventually civil war erupted on every continent on Earth. Madness took over the world infecting its leaders and its people, and in one insane moment in time, a nuclear button was pushed, then another, then another. Tens of millions of the Earth’s population was exterminated in the blink of an eye. The events that followed in the next five years lead to the formation of the United World Order, the UWO. The United World Order formed the UWO Armed Alliance Force informing the world’s people that its purpose was to restore peace to Earth and to save the remainder of human life. And with hearts filled with terror and fear, the populace gladly joined the AAF and swore their allegiance for life, aware the AAF’s punishment for desertion was death. For the next twenty years in compliance to the UWO “Articles of World Order” or the AWOs, the AAF was ordered to destroy every book, article, newspaper, magazine, internet site, or any material that referenced the name of God, religion or spirituality declaring such ideas as one of the leading influences that caused warfare and division between the races of man. Every spiritual site, shrine, holy place, church, temple, mosque or synagogue was wiped from the face of the Earth. In the Articles it was a law punishable by immediate death, without trial or exception to own or possess any type of material that referenced spirituality, religion or the word God in any form. The Earth was completely purged of all privately owned guns and weapons by the UWO Armed Alliance Force and in the Articles it was a law punishable by immediate death, without trial or exception for any person to own or possess a weapon. All weapons were for the sole use of the UWO Armed Alliance Force to ensure world peace. The UWO owed everyone and everything. Systems were set up to ration food and feed the world’s people monitored by the AAF. The UWO controlled all enterprise and personal wealth was abolished, the people only receiving what they required to maintain life. And the people of the Earth were called the Brotherhood and everyone lived in peace. (?)
“Wonder if this is what John Lennon had in mind when he wrote the below song? Notice the lyrics; no heaven, no religion, no possessions, no countries. He says, “nothing to kill or die for,” but for me personally I would say it would be more, “nothing to live or die for.” Well no thanks John, I’ll pass.
Imagine by John Lennon
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world
You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
I wrote the above rather absurd small scenario after I jotted down the below article. It kind of flashed by my mind like a little dream (or a waking nightmare), so I thought I would share the above world of utopia and peace with you. What is the price for peace? What freedom is traded for it?
A few weeks back I watched the televised news and internet stories that emerged of several high school graduation students that broke the school’s graduation ceremony rules in one way or another.
One such story was of a valedictorian when speaking at his high school graduation, tore up his prepared speech that had been approved by the school officials, and instead of giving his speech began reciting the “Lord’s Prayer.”
I can only guess that “one” of the reasons for the pre-approval of the speech was to make sure it did not contain any spiritual or religious content which we all know by now is a violation of the majority of U.S. schools.
The audience’s response to his actions was cheers and applauds from all in attendance, but no reaction from the school officials, whom of which sit calmly on the front row and allowed him to proceed with his apparent rebellious but courageous act.
After the Lord’s Prayer the graduation proceeded without incident and he received his diploma and all were happy with the world.
This young man’s actions got the attention of the media and gained him a television interview on Fox News that also applauded and congratulated him for his courageous act of tearing up his school approved speech and reciting the Lord’s Prayer even though it was against school policy.
Don’t jump to conclusions and think here we go again, here comes the criticism about spirituality and prayer in school and to that I say, perhaps and perhaps not.
The only thing I personally have to contribute about this “incident” is questions?
The first being, should this young man be applauded and praised for breaking school policy and think he is above the rules, even in the name of the Lord? Evidently everyone involved including the media thought he was justified in breaking the rules, so I will go with that and say it seemed to be just fine, so no problem; then let’s move on.
What if this young man had been a Muslim and tore up his pre-approved speech and quoted something out of the Koran. Would the response to his actions have been the same? Would he have gotten a television interview on Fox News congratulating him? Would his classmates have cheered, clapped and applauded his act of courage? Or would his classmates have said instead, he can’t tear up his speech and quote the Koran, that’s against the rules?
As I watched the televised portion of the graduation that aired on Fox News during the young man’s interview that showed him quoting the “Lord’s Prayer” that was what struck me. What if that had been a Goddessian, a Pagan, or Wiccan, a Jew, a Muslim, or any number of different spiritual faiths that are not specifically Christian quoting their spiritual material? What if the student had been an atheist quoting some verse from his favorite “Law of Reason” book?
Just for fun, let’s say a Goddessian or Pagan tore up their approved speech and proceeded to quote according to their spiritual beliefs, for example how about this;
Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess; she in the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, and whose body encircles the universe I who am the beauty of the green earth, the white moon among the stars, and the mystery of the waters call unto thy soul; Arise, and come unto me.
I am the soul of nature who gives life to the universe. From Me all things proceed, and unto Me all things must return. Before My face, beloved of gods and of men, let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let My worship be within the heart that rejoices, for behold, all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals. Therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you. To thou who thinkest to seek Me, know that thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the Mystery. If that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning; and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.”
Again I ask, would the audience and students have cheered and applauded? Would the school officials have sit quietly and let me finish? Would someone have silenced the microphone in order to silence my prayer; as one school did just that to another young student that tore up his speech to speak freely? Would I have been escorted from the graduation and not allowed to participate, punished and fined, or be allowed to receive my diploma?
Would my act be called courageous and brave? Would Fox News have phoned me up the next day for a live televised interview congratulating me, and praising my courage for my prayer to the Goddess?
You see I care not that the young man cited the Lord’s Prayer. That is his God, the God of his parents and the God of most attending the graduation. That young man has a right to his God and his way of worship. I personally respect all spiritual paths unless their teachings involve harming another human being or any living thing for that matter. I didn’t even care if he prayed to his God at the graduation ceremony. Insomuch as he was the speaker and had earned the right, I believe he had a right to say whatever he chose within ethics, and I believe we are all entitled to our own spirituality or religion. But therein also lays the problem, give me the same respect.
People will use that old worn out phrase so many of us are sick and tired of hearing, “But this is a Christian Nation, based on Christian faith and beliefs. This nation was founded on freedom of religion, and that religion was Christianity.” And many more I will not even bother to dredge up.
And I say to you, first of all this country was not founded because of freedom of religion; this nation was formed on the premise of freedom from oppression. (But look it up, its basic history). The founding fathers even desired the separation of church and state, but that’s also basic history.
And in case anyone has forgotten there was a vast race of people who inhabited this country before foreign races of men “discovered it” and offered (or forced) his Christianity upon them. These people had their own spirituality, that some of them are currently trying to revive today.
There was another graduation story of a young Indian girl who wanted to honor her tribe, the Poarch Creek Band of Indians during her graduation. She wore a feather in her graduation cap, a spiritual symbol to the Indian tribe. Apparently it was against the graduation dress code and the young girl was not only denied her diploma before disciplinary action, she was fined $1000 for breaking the school rules. But wait isn’t that what the young male valedictorian did, he broke school rules.
I call foul, her spirituality and religion was long-established in this country before Christianity. Now what was that argument, oh yea, this is a Christian nation. Oh please, do grow up.
If you are a Christian reading this, I wish you no harm. I sincerely hope and pray we all get to keep our religious freedoms forever; although I do have my opinions in reference to the patriarchy, but that’s another story.
Until all people can respect one another’s religious or spiritual belief or the lack thereof, we will always have this problem. And sadly, perhaps the only way to resolve it is with the absence of any type of spiritual or religious reference at diverse pubic gathering.
You see I know my above Goddess prayer would have been condemned, don’t you see the injustice in that? Don’t you see the non-equality of my spiritual rights? I hate the lack of spirituality in ceremonies and gathering if it fits in and seems appropriate, because I am a spiritual person. But give me the decently when it’s time for me to get up that I can honor my God and do it without condemnation. Don’t I have as much right to honor my God in public as you have to honor yours, without suffering disciplinary actions, harsh judgments, and criticism?
If not, and I truly think I do not have that right, what answer can you come up with that gives religious equality to all?
If there’s no answer then there can be no equality, therefore intolerance wins as does the absence and death of all the God(s).
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