Communicating religion between others that do not share our views has always been a touchy subject, just the way communicating political matters to others with different political views is. More often than not, this “communication” will end in a full blown argument, as I’ve witnessed many times. People are so set in their ways and they get so offended by the fact that others don’t see life the same way in which they do. As this video points out, communicating about religion can turn into an aggressive, heated matter. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could coexist?
Watching this video somewhat disturbs me. For those of you that don’t want to take the time to watch a video, I understand that, I’ll sum it up quickly. A Christian man is preaching his views through a microphone in busy, downtown New York City. A Muslim man that happened to be walking by, gets offended by the fact that this man is shoving his beliefs down bystanders throats. Also, he doesn’t believe with the information being communicated. He feels that he has to confront this man and does so in an aggressive manor. What is it about religion that causes this Muslim man to be so angered by the words that this man is preaching? I think part of it is the fact that we, as humans, have trouble learning to coexist with others that don’t share our views. As well as this, the Christian man is having trouble coexisting because he is going out and trying to get these passerby’s to accept and believe that his message is the truth. Is there a way that this situation could be avoided and both parties could be happy? I’m not exactly sure. But, what I do know, is that if we were to respect others beliefs, we could avoid so much unnecessary violence and war in our world.
I’m honestly not convinced we will ever be able to peacefully coexist when it comes to religion. But if we work on our communication skills pertaining to each others beliefs, the world could become a lot better place. Keeping silent when we don’t agree will help to keep the peace and bring us one step closer to world peace (insert tiara crown emoji).