Friday, January 27, 2012

It's not easy being .... Mormon



Not to whine, but it's true.  Straight is the way and narrow is the path, I guess.  Wouldn't choose anything different because I'm soooo happy where I am.

Still - it causes some amount of frustration.  People call me old fashioned or out of touch or even prejudice.  I AM old fashioned, but I try not to be out of touch and I am committed to conquering my unrealistic fears and ignorance. No tooting my own horn - I have a long way to go, but I think the first step against prejudice is to recognize that I am not all knowing, all seeing or in any way qualified to judge.  That said, neither is anyone else.  

I have a woman that I see most every morning where I exercise.  She is passionate about the fact that the world is overpopulated, that children are obnoxious and totally unnecessary, that most people are stupid and that she has been enlightened enough to point it out.  It is uncomfortable (nigh onto enraging) to share how much I love my grandchildren, my faith or my viewpoints because she will steamroll over me and anyone else around us.  She will yell, she will ridicule.  Its extremely frustrating. 

Because my religious choice is being hyper analyzed during this particular election season, I am especially sensitive to the 'mocking' and 'finger pointing' factor.  Candidate against candidate, group against group, voter against voter.  It is not only acceptable in today's world, it seems, it is expected.  These are the actions one must take to fight _______________ (fill in the blank).  But does it accomplish anything?

Okay, I'll admit it.  I'm a fighter.  I have an overwhelming sense of righteous indignation.  But I'm also getting old and either oh so wiser or oh so tired.  Either way, I have become reconciled to the fact that fighting back, debating emotionally or acting all offended isn't going to prove anything.