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noun 1.a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
noun 1.a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience.
I am agnostic. There are so many unknown truths in the world, and in my opinion God is one of them. I honestly believe that people use religion for bad more often than good. Think I’m lying? Check history. Check the present. Read or watch the news!
I’ll focus on Christianity for a minute since that is the religion I am most familiar with. Everyone interprets the Bible differently, but because it is thought to be the word of God people feel as if they should be judgmental and hate others because of what they think the Bible says to them or what they have been taught to believe the Bible means. My belief is that the Bible is not the word of God, it is the word of man, and because man is not to be fully trusted with anyones word I believe the Bible is laced with lies. It’s a work of fiction, folks! There are of course many relevant lessons and teachings within the Bible, but I do not think one has to be religious to understand or live by these very basic and common rules, such as The Ten Commandments.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against religious people. I allow my daughter to attend church with her grandmother (my mother) whenever she wants. I embrace everyone, but those who are for religion seem to have a huge problem with a “heathen” such as myself that does not perscribe to any religious teachings.
I could go on and on about this, but I’ll let this priest and George Carlin take it from here:
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Racism and discrimination are topics in which every human being can share a story, memory, or experience. When asked the question, “Why is there no racism in Switzerland?”, there is no simple answer. When speaking with other fellow African Americans who have visited Switzerland, one repeating situation stands out. When in a cafe , walking down the street, or meeting someone for the first time, there is a question that seems to be asked over and over again; “Are you African or African American? If the reply is African American we have all noticed the same reaction. Their eyes light up, smile broadens across the face, and invitations to lunch, tea , or sometimes even their home to converse, learn, and share.
How can one not wonder what the difference is between being an African American or an African from Africa in Switzerland? After contemplating the news that I was always so eager to share to my friends and family back home in the states about racism not existing in Switzerland, I had to wonder. Some questions are never meant to be answered, such as, “Why do good people sometimes die young and the bad seem to linger here on earth forever to continue their torture and menacing ways?” As I said, some questions may never be answered, but that does not mean to stop searching.
All in all, if you would like to be in a country where the food is literally fresh (no keeping frozen foods in the freezer for months and months on end over here), the mountains are common places for retreats, and pleasant conversations and hospitality are as normal as an American (regardless of race) going through a McDonald’s on a weekly basis, then Switzerland is the country for you. And, instead of just reading my words or watching a one sided documentary on the subject, do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself. As Aretha Franklin (The Queen of Soul herself) once said “Experience is a good teacher”. From what life has shown me, it is the best.