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Society must be accepting of all, but acceptance must be voluntary

Updated on October 15, 2013

It is a journey. Do not walk alone. But do not make another choose your path.

We guide and hold hands but each step is theirs to take.
We guide and hold hands but each step is theirs to take. | Source

Accept what is right for you to accept.

As you lead your own life do not fall prey to the predators who would force you to lead your life their way. Stand up and stir it up against forced acceptance of dogma or that which is a violation of your beliefs.

Our parents must teach our children to stand for what they believe for themselves. Our parents must teach acceptance of other beliefs and understandings.

This does not spread to social or physical or legal enslavement of others. We must not enforce our will on the beliefs of others. We must resist governmental and societal pressure put upon us to accept as our own beliefs those which are someone else's.

Listen well to your children's hell, so that you may learn thereby!

Make a code and stand by it.

How can the congregation of man be so divided?

We become divided when we truly understand and believe that our views are the only right views. New evangelicals of any train of thought are the most obvious offenders. For they are the most vulnerable to be directed and not guided in belief or understanding. It does not even start with the Christian or the Atheist. It starts in our hearts. This "I know what is good for your attitude".

We become preachers and stop being students and teachers. We begin and end our journey in a single judgment of what is right and wrong for everybody. This must end for us to grow as a people and come to love as a human society.

One of the worlds greatest organizations has a guiding principle that elevates it to grand success. It is a quiet group. It saves lives. It takes in to money except for very essential needs and all of that is volunteered money. It's members celebrate diversity. That principle is to attract rather than promote. And it works.

If a child is not forced into the water, he will still end up there.

Peace is a "let go" proposition.
Peace is a "let go" proposition. | Source

Controversy and stating our mind.

Do not read this wrongly. It is meant only to apply to forcing one's will on another. It is not meant to preclude honest and hot debate. It is not meant to shut the door on stating your belief and or understanding to others. It is not meant to dissuade you from persuading others.

What I address here is using governments, churches, schools, scientific inquiry, superior positions to force someone into following your beliefs and understandings. I go so far as to include bullying and it's cousin, blind obedience to a group, in the prohibition but not so far as to preclude advocacy of choice, marketing and education.

Alternative lifestyles, radical thoughts, differences in culture and priorities should be promoted only through attraction and not be fiat of the masses or the leaders.

I ask all to resist participation and stand against forced beliefs and understanding regardless of whether the are consistent with your views.


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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lest any man doubt in principle this notion. I suggest they act against the order of things and see how life goes. Swimming upstream is all well and good for exercise. But if you want to get upstream it is better to get out and walk.

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      H.B. Fortinberry 4 years ago from Connecticut

      To "order"! There is inherent beauty in order as is clearly seen in the "conservative" principles of the universe. And if we align ourselves with this order, we too, will be enabled to "set our (own) houses in order," which is imperative at this Particular "hour". Thank you Kathryn for bringing attention to this vital principle.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      IDONO do not take me as unresponsive to your fantastic comment. I am cogitating on it. Certainly your "fine line" is worth great thought. Thank you

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kathryn, great joy is in my heart. Both at your comment and at your attribute. "There is Order in Life". To true. thank you for that great sharing.

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      Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

      - common sense and the law of nature are consistent. We must know how to co-operate with reality as it has been established by our Creator. We guide our wills according to that which is. There is Order in Life. Those who follow the *Way It Is* , do so willingly, because it allows them to achieve peace, harmony and freedom from ...all the bad stuff.

      I loved this article, Eric! ( knew I would.)

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      IDONO 4 years ago from Akron Ohio

      I have a little different point of view. I think that all beliefs are individual decisions made by people throughout life. We can't confuse accepting the person with accepting the belief. We can accept a person without accepting what they do. By accepting the unacceptable, you are actually becoming an enabler. There is a fine line there that should not be crossed.

      I agree with the attraction rather than promotion. Sort of. We have to be careful not to become arrogant in our beliefs. To attract a person, that person has to be somewhat open minded. Can we expect that from them if we aren't open minded to their beliefs also?

      I don't believe that promotion or attraction can exist in the same conversation with the concept of acceptance. True acceptance is unconditional. The energy would be better spent by using the power of example. Don't tell them that your belief is better than theirs. Show them.

      Since it is obviously impossible for the world to ever exist under one set of beliefs, we have to figure out how all these beliefs can co-exist in a world that constantly is telling us that one is right and one is wrong. All in all, I believe we are all in the pursuit of a common goal which is to have eternal life in some sort of paradise. We just need to learn and respect that we are all taking different paths to get there.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That question was meant for Sanxuary. Apparently there is one belief creating things, and I would like to know what that belief is.

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      H.B. Fortinberry 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I wasn't speaking of any one belief; I'm just speaking about being open minded to other people beliefs and ideas, that's all.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      hfortinberry, I think that you have been hanging out with the wrong people. My people live to challenge accepted norms. But I get your point. Acceptance of possibilities is critical to proper growth.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What is that belief, Sanxuary, what is that one belief?

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      H.B. Fortinberry 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I learned a long time ago that truly no one wants to be told anything that counters what their prior beliefs have been. We all, unfortunately, are prone to a closed mindedness in this respect. Like a machine that has been constructed to operate according so some specific function, our brains become hard-wired to respond to environmental stimuli in some specific way. And if we are not careful, we all will begin to "see" the world from our closed circuited brains, whose neurons have been trained to respond automatically. For most of us, it is only when we willfully allow the light to penetrate the darkness of mindlessness that the closed minded circuitry of our brains, and their consequent effect on our emotions, is able to break through to an open mindedness that can feel others' pain as well as can appreciate others' perspectives.

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      Sanxuary 4 years ago

      No one has to accept anything. We do have to allow basic human rights and a right to sanctuary. Being the most Secularist Nation on Earth we have failed to create a rule book that protects these rights. You should have the right to protect your beliefs in your home and attend other places where beliefs are allowed. Instead we are attempting to force one belief onto all things and this will only create more radicalism. Its simple respect all people but allow everyone a place to practice their beliefs.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well darling MsDora --- at least for sure you do! You have often tempered my spirit and calmed my soul. Thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      A really good piece of advice. We usually don't convince anyone by winning the argument; more often, we convince them by our lifestyle.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Good morning Brian, you do better than me. I blame it on years of fatherhood --- I still pretend to know everything, at least it gives my children and wife something to laugh at. And I try to have boundaries but my wife figured out how to move the posts.

      Seriously I think you it the two most crucial factors. It would seem to me that if we accept the notion that a God gave us free will, then taking that away, in whatever form would be bad Karma.

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      Brian Prickril 4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      It is true, I get much better results by expressing my boundaries but also not pretending to know everything. Very nice.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I only passed on what another reminded me of. Age should not preclude learning and I have much to learn. Thanks Bill. And thanks also for your reminder this morning that all should read:

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Society must be accepting...individuals must be accepting. I had to learn acceptance before I could find happiness....everything happens for a reason, and I'm not always the one in control. Tough pill to swallow but I had to swallow it to find happiness. Thanks for the reminder my friend.


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