I’ve been meaning to write things down about the problem I have with stupid people even since the incidents in Paris over Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
I’m not a huge fan of intolerance, my argument is that all people should express themselves regardless of religion and culture, without fear of reprisals.
One of the points about having such a great society filled with lots of different people from all walks of life, especially in the West, is that we all can get together to discuss ideas and live amongst ourselves peacefully. We may not agree on a lot of things but as people we have more common with each other than we realise.
For the main part this happens albiet on the surface. I’d argue that different cultures have a natural tendency to stick together, either because of familial ties, ethnic or religious philosophy.
Having lots of different groups of people together has a tendency to create an atmosphere of tribalism, society within society… It would be lovely if the lines were blurred that you’d barely notice, but we have divisions that naturally occur areas where only white working class live, or middle class…or Asian or upper class the list goes on and on… and yet there is some blurring of the lines… but for the main part things tend to gravitate around a central point where individuals feel safer in their own groups, either geographically or just in a general way.
We have a problem at work with one of our colleagues who just happens to be Muslim. He is a very passionate person and becomes animated when speaking about Islam, which he is entitled to do so… afterall its what he belives in.
Now the rest of the staff are all non Muslims and for the main part are non religious, to boot. I strongly believe that all people regardless of race, religion and culture be allowed to express his or her way of life so long as they’re not preaching their beliefs on to other people who don’t want to be preached at.
Each to their own…
I don’t expect to come into work and listen to him telling me and other people that 12 people (in Paris) deserve to die because they just so happen to of taken the piss out of a religious figure, and that the police officer got shot at point blank range got shot (who was Muslim) was only helping the ‘infidels’ (I’m quoting my Mulsim colleagues words here I’m really not making this up) – My problem is not his culture its not his religion… its his stupidity thats the problem… His inability to see that if you become intolerant you become the enemy yourself. He cannot see that, and he does his people his culture and religion a disservice.
I’m not suggesting its a fine thing to do… satirical or otherwise to poke fun of religion if it offends someone… but I will not abide his intolerance, his outrage is enough that he feels murder is justified.
Since when is murder justified for any reason. The man is stupid.