Post-holiday sidebar – Zealotry

I have recently been very disturbed at the idea and the prevalence of zealots in almost every belief system. Not what I would call true believeputsutse people that are blind believers and lambaste anyone that has a differing opinion.
This comes in the standard form of religious zealotry, political zealotry and what I’ll call social zealotry. From your standard bible thumper tThumper’t have a conversation about anything without mentioning Jesus to the political drone that decides anything from their political party is OK and everything from the other political party it is inherently wrong. These dangerous characters have been growing in number and volume. I remember listening to a woman that I truly suspect was lying and was less impartial as a journalist then she thanld have been who stated that when she was in the Middle East one of the women she spoke with talked of American peoples fear and sadness over losing children to war as if it was something unusual. She said thistoldrnalist that the woman spoke of being proud to lose a child to the cause he believed in, and th, if they lose a child they simply replace it. I upon later reflection really don’t believe that that is what the lady said first of all, and second of all I don’t know how we can stand up and say to the world that what they do is wrong and what we do is right. This woman spoke of losing a child who is a soldier to God ofd country and the reporter acted as if that was not exactly the way that Americans behave. So I’m left wondering if this reporter had an issue with this woman’s phraseology or just the fact that she didn’t agree with the God and country that she was willing to sacrifice her sons to?
Thtooe is also as I also, asa social zealotry that is growing in number. And often unfooften, unfortunately people who core beliefs, I agree with but for beliefs I don’t fully support. There is a woman’cannotthat I will not mention that takes the feminist this line to the point of near deification. They tout all things female and vilify all things male. But in that same vein, I have seen them roundly and blvein, Idemonize female sexuality if it is not shown and done in exactly the way that they decide it should be. This self same woman’s blog recently took the season opener of the HBO show girls to task over a sex scene that they decided was and I’m quoting dumb. The sex scene in question involved a 8 second exchange between two of the characters

involving analogous. I found the entire need to make an oddball wave a fury over this sex scene, both immature and not particularly feminist. The sex scene was just that a sex scene. The writer of the articles insistence that it was not sexy and that no woman would enjoy that was both self righteous and wrong. But in most cases when dealing with the other tree the belief that one can make a sweeping judgement for the entirety of humanity is par for the course. It has been my experience that trying to decide what anyone else would find sexy is an exercise in futility and should be avoided at all costs. In the last 20 years we have had news items about people that were into fur, a woman that was in love with the Eiffel Tower, a man that was sex to death by a horse and no less than two people that involved their own murder in an act of sex one of which also was eaten after the death sex.  Now in a world where so many things outside of the ordinary and in these cases somewhat far outside of the ordinary, exist to decide that being motorboated from behind is repugnant to all is at best ridiculous.

zealotry in all forms, though only allows for absolute on one side of the coin. It is impossible to discuss with a zealot the possibility that people of all types and walks of life, of all genders and races and religions are equally capable of being good or being evil. So what to do when faced with zealotry in all its forms. Well, in this particular case I have to borrow from Tina Fey, who says that when faced with racism or sexism or even really aggressive Buddhism just try to go over under or through said person. Because the last thing that you need to do when dealing with fervor to the point of madness  is to attempt reasonable discourse with this person. Simply put, just try not to become a zealot yourself. Loving something believing in it and doing your best to live by those ideals is great. Hopefully that thing that you love and believe is something with merit, but keep in mind that’s yours is not the only way. That there are fantastic and wonderful atheists in this world that you mean no harm and are good people. Remember that there are good fathers, good men and innocent boys that have nothing but respect for women. Remember that the principal tenants of the Muslim faith are those of peace and love just as they are in the Christian faith. We do have the ability as human beings to live with one another and coexist.

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