Friday, December 15, 2017

Change your own life first before changing others

How unfortunate that we continue to judge people for what they believe in, practice and who they are. We seem to forget that none of us is perfect. Hypocrisy truly is a way of life here. As a people, we seem so shallow and depraved of any sense of reality, rationality and compassion.

Fr Stephen Geofroy speaks out on gay rights being included in the Constitution and Fayth Seaton, aka “Rolly Polly”, publicly says she loves herself. Archbishop Joseph Harris responds to Fr Geofroy’s comments by stating that being gay is not sinful, per se, once one does not act out on this “impulse”, and all citizens should be catered for by the law of the land although gays should not be allowed to marry.

Meanwhile, a “fat gyal” has to make it known to all that she loves herself, and this spurs a whole discussion about if accepting overweight women is okay or not.

Why are these issues even highlighted? Because of our adherence to, and total delusion from, the brainwashing of certain theistic views and the American media, which have become a big part of our culture over time and have actually created our sense of homophobia, fat-phobia and the right to condemn others in this small (-minded) society.

Is being straight and promiscuous better than being gay and committed to a partner in marriage,

or are they both considered “sins” of the same magnitude? Is the right to marry whomever one wishes a determinant of a person’s character? Does being overweight or slim define the character or happiness of a woman? Does it define the character of a man, or child, or animal, for that matter?

Can’t we see that it is not right or wrong or anything to be gay or not gay, or to be fat or not fat? Who we individually and collectively are is based, like all else in life, on the mystic law of cause and effect (myoho renge kyo), that is, our karma.

If only we could defer our compulsion to judge

others and dictate what is right and wrong for them into the need to self-reflect and make chan­ges in our own lives, that would in turn benefit our society, we could start to revolutionise our thinking and the way we act, and see positive results manifested in our beloved Trinidad and Tobago.

Tamara Tam-Cruickshank

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