Thursday, November 19, 2015

Why cannot we pray?

**I am very open minded with any feedbacks so leave one for me**

My current news feed is all about terrorism that happened recently. Being a person with not so many access to intricate online news media, I spent one night reading few weeks old magazines and newspaper about similar things.

The one that caught me online is the widely reported Paris attack. It appeared that this was very shocking to the French people and I assumed this is the reason why it is being spread world-wide.

Due to the shock that the news spread very fastly, a lot of people shared handmade drawings to mourn for the terrorism attack, also they shared prayers, they shared photos and also overlaid their photos with colours due to sympathy on social medias.

I saw my twitter feed is full of these heartbreaking photos, and I feel sad as well.

However, there are few people who seemed to express their thoughts differently.

They think that praying and sharing drawings are useless things to do, since it changes nothing on the war sites.

They even said that people who share prayers and drawings for Paris are bunch of sick hypocrites--because they only do this because it is Paris; and they all keep silent when it comes to Beirut attacks, or Palestine attacks, or anywhere under wars.

"I am not going to pray because [insert logical reasons here]"

"Share Paris drawings all you want, but has any of you shared any Palestine drawing? Or Beirut drawing?"

As for me, I believe each person has their own view how to react to the terrorism news and such things. And I respect all of them.

But there are some people who don't.. And they even go as far as condemning people who share prayers and drawings!

I think, what they did is not kind, a bit judgmental, instead. Condemning, I mean.

Now, to be fair, I shall tell you that there is nothing I can do and I will be able to do to stop the war, by myself.

I believe, to change the world, we need to change ourselves from within.

And I fully realise that I am completely imperfect (and probably a bit pathetic now) to be able to do a big change. The best I can do is to start changing myself from within, control my temper, control my emotion, and be happy.

Change ourselves, and the world around us will change. I believe in this.

So, I cannot understand people on social media who tries to change another people for the sake of world's peace.

I cannot understand why they condemn people who share prayers and drawings, and they demand people to act and not to pray, then call them sick hypocrites.

I don't understand this.

Why pray = hypocrites? Why share drawings = hypocrites?

Okay I might want to add things:

Why pray for Paris = hypocrites? Why share Paris drawings = hypocrites?

Is it acting hypocrites to share our thoughts and sympathy to the victims of terrorism and wars?

One reason I can think about people who share prayers and drawings are, they realise that nothing much they can do at their current condition to help to stop the terrorism and wars.

Also, why so hypocrite only post about Paris? My common sense told me that it is because not everyone is blessed with numerous amount of news all the time. We all have our business and problems to take care everyday.

Side note: I only try to see the good side in everything. And I need to try hard.

You got to understand that we all think and react differently, also we have our own problems--which shape our personality that we show to the world.

So, it is perfectly normal for all of us to have different opinions.

He share prayers, drawings and words of sympathy. She doesn't. And it is all fine. Nothing to argue.

But why bother?

Why went so far and waste your energy to call the people who share prayers and drawings sick hypocrites? 

This is the logic I cannot understand.

I wonder if it is fun to call people preachers and hypocrites?

If people think that sharing prayers and drawings are hypocrites, then you are allowed not to do it.

But never, never condemn people who do it.

Okay, I will add things again:

If people think that pray for Paris and share Paris drawings are hypocrites, that you are very welcomed not to do it.

But, never, ever, call people who do it sick hypocrites. I put huge pressure here.

What's the point of condemning them? It only shows you your personality of looking down upon people.

You know what Dalai Lama says about he is not going to pray for the terrorism attack?

I'll quote his words:
The 80-year-old spiritual leader added that it is ‘illogical’ to expect divine powers to help mend a problem created by humans, telling the world not to ‘expect help from God and governments’.

Speaking to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, he said: ‘People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings.

‘We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.

‘We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest.

‘So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.’

According to Tibet’s holy leader, the main causes of war and terrorism are ‘superficial differences’ such as religion and race, but he added the hopeful message ‘We are one people’.

Source: here.
He shared his view that he is not going to pray because it won't help; and he said his reasons.

But did you see any of his words that call all of us, that we all cannot pray?

I will let you read and google things.

I find it that none of his words command all of us to stop praying and start acting. He did say that prayers won't help, because this terrorism is started by human.

He also clearly asks all of us to work for peace within our families and society. Which is the very first step to the end of war and the start of world peace.

That is my point, fellow readers.

You are allowed to say your view and thoughts about the cruelty of the wars,

You are allowed to share prayers and drawings,

You are allowed not to share prayers and drawings,

You are allowed to tell people that you share prayers and drawings,

You are allowed to tell people that you don't share prayers and drawings,

You are allowed to do something about it,

and You are allowed not to do something about it.

But never, ever tell people how to react.

Isn't this so easy to do?

The way people react is based on how environment and problems shaped each of them. Nothing else. And it is not something to judge. It is the beauty of diversity.

I believe we all have our own ways to react to the terrorism news that come to us recently, and I really wish that we are not arguing on such an unimportant matter--on how everyone is reacting to the news.

We all react the way we would, and I think that is enough. As long as all we want is world peace, the way we react about the terrorism attack doesn't matter at all.

I wish for happiness and peace to all of us, and I wish that things like these will reduce as time goes by.

If you don't want to share prayers and drawings, you are welcomed to.

If you want to share prayers and drawings, you are also welcomed to.

Tl;dr = if you pray, okay. If you don't pray, okay.

As for me personally, praying to my grandparents calms my heart so much so I do it often. I cannot call it exactly praying, but I do it by going to a simple state of meditation, reflecting all things around me, and hoping for a better tomorrow.

Also, I hope for a better tomorrow for everyone and I hope that we all are going to have our happy stories.

The reason why I write this post is because of myself. I realise that recently I lost my temper so easily and I just see the deficit in each person who cares about me sincerely.

I really regret about it and I want to start to see the good in everyone.

See the good in everything and everyone. It is the hardest thing to do.

We all feel sympathetic towards the victims of wars, towards the refugees, towards anyone in loss.

The hardest question to ask: do we pity the terrorists?

It is very easy for me to say no, but something touch my heart deeper and I have something said yes inside my heart.

This is conflict within myself. I pity humans who hurt each other as they are very far away from the enlightment point of peace and love.

But also nothing will be able to replace the lost souls to the wars. I happen to experience a big loss recently and I understand very well the sense of revenge and anger.

But it didn't bring me anywhere.

So.. I don't know how to react.

Also, I am truly sorry for all the wars happening in middle-easts, in Europe, and any human-peace abusers happening in this world.

I wish for all of people in this world, common people, victims, refugees and also terrorists to one day be able to see the light inside their heart and find inner peace.

I believe, once we all find peace within ourselves, wars will cease.

Someday. I am sure of it.

If the voice inside your head says "why" to my wishes, I'll give you "why not?".

I want to see the world peace with my eyes and I understand that it all needs to start somewhere. I start to make peace with myself.

Lots of love ♥

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