Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"Would You Save Me?"

I'm re-posting this blogpost that I wrote on August 17, 2010  because I believe, now more than ever, we must be good to one another despite our differences. Because guess what? The world is going to keep turning no matter what happens, so we need to figure out how to live in peace. Please...respect each other and our right to exist.  Love, Josh ~ 11/7/2012

What if the ground trembled and the earth opened up, sending everything down into a ravine of darkness, hate, and fear? What if you saw me hanging from my fingertips off the edge of that ravine? Would you save me?

What if - not five minutes beforehand - I told you something about me.....
What if I told you that I was a (Insert race, religious/non-religious belief, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, etc...here.) person? What if I told you that I don't agree with (Insert race, religious/non-religious belief, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, etc...here.) people? What if the thing I told you was against every moral fiber in your being? Would you still save me?

My Blogger Profile reads:

"I'm a young man who has seen so much and so little that I decided to record the events of my life - big and small. The stories in this blog are honest, true, and sometimes graphic in language and events. There is not a story posted on this blog that is intentionally malicious or hurtful. Please keep in mind that while I may refer to my Christian beliefs from time to time, I have learned so much from so many fantastic people with different beliefs than my own and I cherish those people and experiences."

I believe in the power of being good to others regardless of their beliefs, the way they live their lives, and their opinions on the "taboo" topics. As long as you are caring, helpful, respectful, and do not spread hate in the world, then you are good to go in my book.

I'm honored to have people from all different walks of life reading my stories. In my heart, I think it means maybe we ARE willing take the time to listen to each other. Even if we aren't convinced by someone else's opinion, MAYBE we can respectfully agree to disagree while learning a little bit ourselves and those around us.

Could we even develop a friendship despite those differences? GASP! How bizarre!

The gift of listening is priceless. Unfortunately, few give that gift unconditionally. But based on all the diversity of my readers, I still have hope. Call me an optimistic realist, but I just want the world to figure it out and get along. I know it's a long shot, but forgive me...I'm one of those "Shiny, Happy, People" that REM was singing about.

Because there is one thing that we all have in common regardless of our personal beliefs:

Our humanity.

So I ask you...

What if the ground trembled and the earth opened up, sending everything down into a ravine of darkness, hate, and fear? What if you saw me hanging from my fingertips off the edge of that ravine? Would you save me? What if - not five minutes beforehand - I told you something about me that was against every moral fiber in your being? Would you still save me?

Because I would save you.

But what do I know? I'm just a nerd who hangs around with a puppet.

Peaceful Things and LOTS of love,

Josh

5 comments:

  1. I would save you too, Joshy! Very well put!

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  2. Sometimes it is hard to respect people because of certain beliefs they carry. I have been in a situation where a difference in a political opinion put a wrinkle in a friendship. Right, wrong, or indifferent when it comes down to it, we are all just human trying to make it in this world. In the end, Because when it really comes down to it, it really doesn't matter what our differences are. I can honestly say that I would save you or anyone for that matter, regardless. Without compassion for one another, we might as well have nothing.

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  3. I'd save you! I do butt heads with people who don't think like me sometimes but God made every living creature and we are supposed to love everyone even our enemies!! I'm pretty sure that I would save a death row inmate from falling down a cliff, I just couldn't live with knowing I was the reason someone else didn't live..

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  4. Josh, thanks for this post. This is something I've really been focusing on lately -- that unconditional acceptance of others. I believe that we all have so much to learn from each other. Diversity is a wonderful thing and I think it's a damn shame that so many people fail to recognize that! Thanks, as always, for sharing your thoughts.

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  5. Enjoyed reading your blog. I would want to save you; I would try to save you. That is the point. (But do I have the power to save you, followed my willingness and attempt.) But that should count. Intention.

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