A Little Bit of the Other Side
By Veronica Nkwocha
Tis the nature of religion that the adherents must believe wholeheartedly, without a shadow of doubt, that only they hold, solely, the Truth on Life, Redemption and the Hereafter. The different religions are not agreed on this Truth, therefore, it is the nature of religion that adherents of the different religions exist in their own bubble, consumed by their own belief/concept of truth quite exclusive of other religions.
There is no meeting of minds, there are no grey areas or shadows for that will require diming a few lights on the absoluteness of their own truth. Those who find a middle ground must look beyond the integrity of their religion’s Truth, rising above it and clothing themselves with compassion for those of other faiths and their beliefs.The collective who rise beyond the ‘constraints’ of their own faith normally seek common ground on their shared humanity. This could be a conscious pursuit or a subconscious drift for some of religions adherents are unaware that in their daily interactions, they already find common ground in this sacred shared humanity by laughing, working and just living with others of different faiths.
It is when religion intrudes, consumes and overwhelms the discourse and interactions, consigning the outsider to an ‘otherness’ overtly and sometimes viciously that there occurs a retreat, every man to his cave. And a wall rises, impregnable and final. In this reality, weapons, whether they be verbal or physical become the choice for a coming together further widening the chasm, preventing a shaking of hands, a shared laughter and a building up of humanity.
From ‘A little bit of the Other Side’ by Veronica Nkwocha
p.s. Just pondering on the many sad conflicts, surely ‘Love is the more excellent way’?