Prose - So Many Questions

I'm not mad
Well... maybe I am
But you know
What can I do?
I'm just trying to think
What about you?
Do you know why you believe what you believe?
If you were born in Mississippi would you be a Muslim?
If you were born in Tehran would you be a Christian?
Do you believe we are the chosen people?
Do you believe God has a special place for America in heaven and none for Iran?
How sure are you about eternal truth?
Do you believe that something unprovable should be made into a law?
Is God something that only belongs in our hearts guiding our actions?
Do you believe God favors one man over another on the basis of a birth-right?
Should our laws be the consensus of man?
Should it be based upon translated ancient texts written by people who believed the earth to be flat?
Do you trust a man who operates with a "mandate from God?"
Do you know anything about the King David Hotel or Lord Moyne?
Do you know what happened in Iran in 1953?
Do you think Arabs are just wild people?
Do you think Arabs hate us because of our freedoms?
Do you think Jews only love money?
Do you think Jews control the media?
Do you believe male Muslims commit suicide because 72 virgins await them in heaven?
Why do female Muslims commit the same acts of terror?
Is this stuff that you, like me, have read in the paper?
Do you support a man because he believes homosexuality to be a sin?
Or that abortion is murder?
Do you support this same man who ignores the words of the man he professes to follow: Blessed are the peacemakers?
Do you believe it is just for a country to make a claim on land based on a book written long ago by the ancestors of that very same country?
Do Native Americans have the same right?
Do you believe someone who supports strong immigration control is a racist?
Do you believe manifest destiny to be a moral act that can never be unbound?
Do you believe Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be glorious moments in US history?
Do you believe that it was a tragedy?
Did you know that Eisenhower and MacArthur supposedly opposed this act?
Is our military history something a "Christian" nation should be proud of?
Do you believe Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11?
Do you know that your leaders wanted you to believe this?
Have you ever wondered "what have we become?"
Why is it so easy for people to justify killing to maintain access to oil?
Do you know that once war is declared men of power ignore the fact that innocent people will be killed?
Do you believe that saying "we don't target innocent people" to be evidence of moral superiority?
Do you believe that "bad things happen in war" to be a justification of the murder of innocent people?
Do you care that innocent people are murdered in Mexico so you can get high?
Do you think those innocent people are expendable because they are Mexicans?
Do you care that people are murdered to sell that gas to you?
Is it right that an American corporation would prioritize shareholder returns by revealing the identity of a man violating "unjust laws?"
Can a god-fearing person ignore the affects big money has on our souls?
Do you ignore the plank in your eye and only see the spec in the eyes of others?
Are you so weak that you cannot be happy for other people?
Are you a Machiavellian that justifies the death of innocents because we are all going to die anyway?
Why are you trying so hard to justify yourself?
It's not your fault that someone controlled your mind for eighteen years.
Are you aware that your mind is being controlled by the government and the media?
Well?
Are you?
What do you think?
It's time to open your eyes
All you have to do is look for the truth
The journey begins today
Tell yourself that only truth matters and not what the answer actually is
Don't justify your current beliefs; challenge them
Don't be afraid to change
Change is a sign of growth
Why do we want to mature yet cling to thoughts and beliefs from the past?
Who are you trying to impress by clinging to everything you "know" today?
Me or some God?
I am irrelevant
God is everything
God knows what you believe and what you have done
I don't
I can't give you salvation
So why argue these things with me?
You may not even see me for the rest of your life
God will be with you for all of eternity
I won't
I can't save you
Yet you won't learn
Don't make me your God

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I like it, but this one statement is worth writing down somewhere to be looked at often:

"Don't justify your current beliefs: challenge them."


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

If fate is faith,then faith in achieving truth need not be sought,so I challenge my faith with trial and error,if I fail forgive me,if I triumph forgive me,;)


Nan 5 years ago

Questions that we will never know all of the answers.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

Wow SP, do not hold back brother!!

Theres so much here.. what inspired this?


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

This is a soul-searching piece of work that questions much of what touches our life today. Good job! WB


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Twilight - thank you. So many of us try to justify ourselves because for some reason we are afraid to be wrong. I know it's hard to admit you were wrong but I'm trying to line my ego up with the idea of being an open-minded person; not a flip-flopper but someone who considers the facts and is able to accept the truth no matter what.

@Mentalist - Whoa! I forgive you either way but also please forgive me if I disagree...

@Nan - that's true... the point here is to not take things at face value just because it's on TV or being said by someone you respect. You should ask yourself if it is an act or is it real?

@Ashantina - No... I'm not holding back... this sort of thing swirls around inside of me all the time so it needed to be let out...

@Wayne - yeah it's a soul-searching write-up that in part challenges you but also myself. Really it's a way of me reminding myself that things are not as they seem. For all I know I'm asking the wrong questions but at least I'm pounding on the door....


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I agree with some statements there and disagree with others.Too many to lisst.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@dahoglund - I understand that not everything I say is agreeable or even accurate. I have my point of view based upon my experiences. I hope we can agree on the common ground that powerful forces in the world are influencing our thoughts in ways that are detrimental to us and beneficial to them.


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LaurieDawn 5 years ago

Poet, the many questions of the Universe, and I enjoyed the way you put them into your prose. So many we ask, and some are answered, and some shall never be. A work well worth reading and studying. It raises many feelings and passions.

Blessings and hugs,

Laurie


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Laurie and also for the great fan mail. I was kind of rambling when I wrote this... I just want people to encourage people to not be so easily manipulated....


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

To be accurate, you are not stating anything but asking people to question before swallowing ideas. We are bombarded with propaganda on all levels, political, economic, religious, scientific.- medical. People propose all sorts of things (many totally absurd) as though they were unquestionable facts and others swallow them. But let someone just question those and they seem to be trying to control people's minds or change them, whatever. People seem more comfortable with being handed down others' theories as though they were eternal truths than with being asked to simply THINK about them. It's odd.

I happen to question myself when I get too wrapped up in "belief". Believing has an element of DECIDING to choose one theory over another which bothers me. At least, let me question these things. Why should I choose to believe that the prescription for my aching toe would help, even though that they're admitting may stop my heart and upset my liver? They only admit that because law requires it but the go out of their way to disguise it as just part of the benefits for my toe. And people do buy into such nonsense. On a grander scale why should I swallow the fact that people in some foreign part of the world whose only recourse to being invaded by superpowers is to grab a machete and try to defend what little they have are THE ENEMY threatening to invade America and take awe our freedoms and way of life? It's just as absurd a pill to swallow - especially without even questioning its validity.

You've raised valid questions. Perhaps some even have more than one valid answer (maybe or not) but if people don't think rationally, and just believe whatever is declared emphatically, soon people do lose their freedoms and way of life.

OK - It's not my rant. But it is quite a valid one and if people really do believe what they believe is the truth, then it can't hurt it to question it. Faith is not strengthened by blindness and is clarified by light. And if it turns out to be a house of card or a hall of twisted mirrors, who needs it?


PenMePretty 5 years ago

Good work!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Nellieanna. You hit the nail right on the head. I was trying not to be one-sided or another but my intent was to ask questions that I believe have answers that are possibly different than the conventional wisdom. And I am very glad you picked up on the idea about our “enemies” (the super power versus the machete or small arms wielding enemy). We must dig deeply into why we are in conflict so we can understand how to extricate ourselves and not repeat the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately the word patriotism seems to get in the way of this kind of analysis but I don’t care about accusations because I know where my loyalties lie; but it’s the same with my children. I love them deeply but I will correct them and change them to the best of my ability if they do something that I know is wrong. Yet it seems the definition of patriotism is a belief in the innerancy of our country and to hold it above rebuke. Why is that? What kind of illness or brainwashing refuses to consider our mistakes and admit to them?

Especially in a country that appears to be dominated by the love of Jesus…. Hmmmmm… Blessed are the peacemakers…. Turn the other cheek…..

Great stuff but all too easily discarded at times it seems….


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Penmepretty - thank you!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Exactly. I love my country - enough to want it to see and fix errors, as you say - the way a good parent wants the children aware of their errors and encouraged to fix them; - not to mention, one's own self! We can't go through life feeling inerrant! We do err - it's part of our growth and development, or is IF we learn to see and fix the errors.

The country is made up of individuals. All of our conclusions and decisions - or those of the people who have preceded us - are not always necessarily right, or are not universally right and applicable for everyone in every instance.

Whether we prefer to face it or not there ARE various OTHER conditions which altar foregone conclusions. Trying to force them into preconceived ideas is literally pushing square pegs into round holes. We should notice that! But we seem to have developed an auxiliary ability to find a reason that "they" are the problem, not our square pegs!

I sometimes feel amazed that we think we are here to govern the whole world & supply it with our conclusions, when we have so many glaring problems to be fixed and such need to govern better at home! There seems to be some sort of purblindness to just realistically LOOKING and SEEING what is going on internally as well as externally. And it is sort of mirrored in the ways individuals fail to see how our own actions CAUSE the results we don't like, rather than some unnamed "other" force or factor which has betrayed us.

Something has gotten lost in the shuffle, it seems. Something like self-honesty and clarity of sight. And we all are guilty to some extent - and that is the thing! It's something we ALL must work on, with mutual respect AND honesty - including nudging each other to open eyes and look without preconceptions and illusions of undeserved grandeur.

It is sad that Christianity really gets bad marks when a country claiming allegiance so cavalierly dispenses with the most Christ-like attitudes and practices toward others. It's embarrassing. Part of the mind-set has developed some sort of compartmentalization that says one thing and does another and thinks it's OK - and adds that if it's not accepted, contradictions and all, it's the fault of the other observer!

Good for you bringing this to light, SP!


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Nellieanna - boy you make me think! I had to let this one ride until I got some time and energy built up. I think there is a misconception about loving your country and how to actually show your love for your country. I love the idea of America. But the reality of America has historically varied from the idea and in negative ways at times. Our history is littered with examples of human rights violations and glorification of power and money to the the detriment of the common man. As you and I have said "we can do better" and the only way to do better is to be better. But how? Look in the mirror...


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

You hit that nail right on the head, SP. The gap between ideal and performance is significant.

And you got that right too - the only person in the universe one CAN possibly improve is oneself. I figure "that's one" - and one more than before. One's sphere of influence is bigger than one's little spot on the earth but it's not based on hopes of MAKING others see or comply. So yeah -it's not only to start with myself - it's to keep that focus. Using that is powerful in a good way when one's purpose is honestly good. There is not going to be any universal agreement on everything, but it is surprising how people respond to truth when it is presented with love and repsect.


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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Nellieanna - truth presented with love and respect... new hub? I'm glad we are on the same page and yes I agree that the main thing is to fix ourselves and set that good example...

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