Hello friends, happy Sunday! And, for those of you who are Christian, happy Easter!
I’m a bit sad right now – I woke up to the news of bombings in Sri Lankan churches, with hundreds of people dying and in pain. This is right after the news of the fire at Notre Dame, which, although the result of an accident, has still had a horrible effect on Easter celebrations.
A few hours after Notre Dame, my social media already began filling with people who were laughing about what had happened, saying it was ‘fate’ for what Christian crusaders have done throughout the centuries, calling out the millionaires who were willing to pledge money to rebuild the church but not to help the homeless, and so on.
TBH, I find this a bit ironic. In the novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo, there is a LOT of social commentary about elitism, morality, compassion, etc. But, at the same time, Victor Hugo wrote the book because he wanted to SAVE Notre Dame from demolition – he thought it was an important symbol of Christianity, and an overall beautiful, historic building.
Now, people have used Christianity to excuse a LOT of truly evil, heinous acts. That is a fact. But, at the same time, you can twist ANY religious or spiritual belief into something that it’s not – just look at the recent bombing in Sri Lankan, which was carried out by Muslim terrorists. Islam is not an evil religion, but sometimes people who proclaim to be Muslim commit atrocities.
It’s not right to make fun of people’s suffering. Those who immediately ridiculed Notre Dame’s destruction should be ashamed of themselves, and those who chose to murder people in their place of worship, on a day of celebration, must answer for their crimes.
Sometimes, I wonder if religion is worth all of this pain. I live in a very liberal city, where my friends say that they aren’t religious because they don’t think religion is a good thing. A lot of people echo these sentiments.
However, I would disagree. My religion has shaped my moral compass, and has taught me right from wrong. It comforts me in times of distress. My religion has taught me that justice is worth fighting for, and forgiveness is the only way to let go of the past. I’m not trying to be a good person so that I can enjoy the afterlife – I’m trying to be a good person because I think that our sincere connections with others are the most important thing on Earth.
In this modern world, compassion is more important than ever. Regardless of your spiritual/religious beliefs, I hope we can treat each other gently, so that we can live together in peace.