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Many people from many religions have this notion of heaven and hell. I am not here to dispute or refute either one’s existence. Perhaps we go to one or the other or perhaps we go somewhere else I don’t know. What I do know is, we don’t have to wait to die before seeing what some believe hell can be like.

We see hell in the needless suffering that people experience every day. For as long as man has existed, there have been wars, disputes, ridicule, hatred for one another, and just downright suffering. Suffering exists all around us. Some just choose to see while others do not. We have become so numb to its affects that we expect it and assume it is normal. Some even claim that it must exist for there to be “balance.” I ask you, do you truly believe that? Do you truly believe that wars must be fought, that entire peoples must be wiped off the face of the Earth, that people must resort to eating mud and rocks so that their bellies do not feel the hunger pangs, that people must lay dying in their beds or on uncovered floors while medicine that may cure them or ease their pain sits in other countries? Do you truly believe that women must be raped, and our children’s innocence taken? Do you truly believe that we must slaughter the beasts in the wild and rape the land? Do you truly believe that those things must happen? Surely, they teach some, but must we see the depths that suffering can take us before we can raise ourselves up, before we can help raise our neighbors up?

We don’t have to let others suffer. We don’t even have to let ourselves suffer. There are so many who are just afraid. They are afraid of loving themselves. They are afraid of loving others. People say it’s idealism. People even say it is unrealistic. Is it really? Is it so unrealistic that peace should exist? Is it really unrealistic that we can all love one another and accept one another, but still stay true to who we are as individuals? If it is unrealistic, then why do we cling on to such beliefs? Why do we hope for such things? Why do some of us believe that heaven does exist, that one day all of this suffering will be gone? Could it be that it is possible? Could it be that we do not have to wait until our dying moments to change? Could it be that we do not have die to reach peace.

Some of us are so afraid to take the first step, to open our arms to another. If we could just understand and realize that we are not alone in our fears, that we are not alone in our doubts, then perhaps one day we can all make a step together.

Today I make this step, to say I am sorry for judging you. I am sorry for thinking I am better than you. I am sorry for talking behind your back. I am sorry for the pain I have caused. I am sorry for not loving you as I should love everyone. I am sorry.

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Written by Sidewalk Bends

December 10, 2008 at 7:46 am

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