No boundaries for me, what about you?
I am free from religious, nationalistic, cultural and religious
boundaries. I do not have the barriers between me and another human
being. I am asked daily whether I am a Christian, Hindu or a Muslim...
as I talk and write about all religions in equal tone. I am all, and
I am none.
I am as comfortable with a Christian as with a Hindu, Jew, Pagan,
Atheist or a Muslim, nothing eggs me against another human being. I
do not look down or look up at their ways of doing things. I take
every one as they are; another individual like me.
Each one of us comes with an identifier or an ethnic/racial marker;
Indian in my case. There are 1.3 Billion of us with that marking on
this planet, this clearly identifies my geographical area. Of
course, the Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis are
all in the same ethnic group and the Indian Diaspora is in the same
group as well.
Some day, I hope, we become civilized enough to drop all identifiers
except the natural one. Thank God, America leads the pack in
civility - our passports do not identify anything but our natural
markings. No religion, no denomination, no political orientation, no
social grouping and no economic status or even the the damned
For my daily food, I choose what my taste bud finds happiness in,
but that does not mean any food is inferior or superior to the
other...If one enjoys the mothers food and says it it is the best...
he or she is saying my mom's food has conditioned my taste buds, and
it is home to my mom's food, that is the taste my buds find in tune
with. Never does it mean that, it is the best nutritionally,
aesthetically, looks wise or other quantitative measurements. It is
an emotional bonding. It does not negate other foods. I have
food out there and continue to cherish new tastes. Every day is a
beautiful new addition.
I drink both coffee and tea, neither is superior to the other, but
both satisfy my taste buds.
I love blue, beige and white shirts, dark pants, deep colored ties
that don't look busy, just as you have your own comfort zone. It
does not mean green or black shirt is anything less, it simply means
I enjoy a few.
I chose Islam about a dozen years ago and that does not mean Islam
is superior to any religion... I enjoy the beauty of each religion
and love the way people express their gratitude to the creator.
I love my language Urdu dearly, not because it is better, but
because I am accustomed to enjoying it as others enjoy their
Nothing in the world, especially religion, nationality, ethnicity or
race is superior or inferior to the others. They are simply choices
we choose or get chosen. They are unique and work for every
believer, observer, consumer or follower...
All of us have issues, the problems is not with the issues. Our
peace and tranquility is determined by how we deal witht the issues.
Some may not agree, but at least in our country America, everyone
has a choice to be happy or not happy, mind you, it is not the
money, it is the attitude that produced your joy. Every one of us
have to find our own balance in life, some of us lose it sometimes,
but gain it back other times.
As long as you can be peaceful, guilt free, carry no grudges,
ill-will and believe in freedom of others as much as yours... you
are blessed, and thank God I am blessed too. And I am blessed to
find in tune with myself with so many of great friends in life, home
and facebook. Those with whom I disagree, I do it respectfully. My
opinion is no superior to theirs, it is just different.
Thanks, may God bless you to be at peace despite what goes around
My best wishes to you.
MikeGhouse is committed to
Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of
the day. He is a
speaker, thinker and a writer on
peace and justice. Mike is a frequent guest on
Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio
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