Beliefs, Religions & Rituals

1 May 2014 – Happy May Day

Most who know me also know that religions and politics are not part of the blog postings’ agenda. Thoughts and feelings regarding the complications and differences of beliefs, rituals and religions are usually personal and subjective. Unless people can respect, share and learn from the differences, ie objective about personal issues but that  is oxymoron!! So there is no point discussing them until the cows come home!

If one is secure with their beliefs and life-styles, then why is there a need to convince others or even talk about it? For many actions and words do not seem to be in harmony!

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‘This is an important reminder, but I do wonder at which point this stopped becoming a ‘common sense’ understanding in multicultural Singapore. The rise of religious fundamentalism and the generally low EQ of certain Singaporeans make for a terrible combination. And the very idea of proselytising in a hospital environment, where people are at their most vulnerable and struggling with their mortality, is distasteful and offensive. It turns doves bearing ‘good news’ into predatory creatures, eager to chalk up a quota of saved’ souls’ – Alfian Sa’at

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Whatever that helps to make one a kind and loving being, then a reminder is good to have as long as there are no ulterior motives…

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‘The only person that save you is you. The others can spend all the effort in helping but will be worthless if the person persistently continues to live in sadness and refuse to get out of the circle’ – appreciations to Wendy for translation.

Common sense is not so common and logic loses its meaning where blind faith and fanatics are concerned.

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What my parents taught and brought me up are that beliefs and religions were not the main issues as long as you do not harm and hurt others and yourself intentionally. Mother and her father ie maternal grandfather who was a Baptist minister were staunch Christians but she did not try to convert me. Father who was a man of few words did not interfere nor took part in mother’s faith. With such backgrounds and the following influences…
  • grew up in a household with a matriarch grandmother who was practising some form of Chinese Asian beliefs, mother a god-fearing and church goer and father who did not seem to take part in any of those rituals.
  • attended a Catholic Convent in SIN until age 15
  • Ireland for schooling the next 10yrs
  • another 10yrs with the trolls in Norway, those who have seen Frozen can understand 🙂
  • USA for 15yrs
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Choosing humour above all and without any ulterior motives, blasphemy, derogatory, prejudice or pun intended…

1 May – Happy May Day

5 May – Happy Cinco De Mayo

6 May – Happy Bdays WONG Wai Kit & Jan SOSA

10 May – Happy Bday Andrew LAM

13 May – Happy Bday Susannah LAM

17 May – Happy Bday LAM Poh Chee & hurra for 17 mai

18 May – Happy Bday Helen VICKERY-YEO

23 May – Happy Bday Yasmine AMEEN

27 May – Happy Bdays LAM Sui Chang & Karen LIM

28 May – Happy Bday Vanessa LAM

30 May– Happy Bday Hans Kristian HUSTAD

Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud. Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature ― Emmett F. Fields

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