In heaven exists a certain way of life, not too much different than the life we live here. In fact we can live as if we are in heaven now.
In heaven things are peaceful, people are understanding, people are considerate, people care. There is no envy nor jealousy, no strife to divide us, simply just love to connect us. This love is not fake. It is not shallow. It is genuine and deep. It is the binding force.
To get into heaven we must learn to live this way. If when we die we are still full of envy, strife, and other negative energy we will fail to get in. This is because heaven is a utopia. Since it is people that make up this utopian society, anybody containing negativity within themselves would thus ruin the utopia.
Heaven is not impossible. Heaven is the ideal. Heaven can be attained now within each of us. As each single person reaches heaven within, our whole society grows into becoming a societal heaven, a utopia.
Each person has the option and responsibility themselves to push towards heaven within themselves. It is only by affecting yourself first that the world will actually be changed and transformed into heaven.
1. an unfair feeling of [like or] dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc.
2. a feeling of like or dislike for someone or something especially when it is not reasonable or logical.
I have some things to say about this topic. These thing primarily pertain to me and my personal life but I hold them fundamentally true. It seems that at any point in time there has always been a prejudice(see above definition) of some sort. Now, I’m not talking about a favoring or disfavoring of certain things. We can have that all we want so long as these likes and dislikes are not super general(like a stereo type) or are not based on non-logical reasons. Examples of the general like and dislikes include prejudice against race, gender, or people of a certain social class. Examples of the second type include things such as liking or disliking things primarily that exhibit a particular color, shape, or size perhaps. The one exception here is when it comes down to the utility of the particular object. It is ok to not like jackets that are black because you wear them at night and can’t be seen. Other things have particular reasons for why you actually like something or don’t.
Anyways we can clearly see this problem with race. Liking or disliking any person based on their skin color is just plain wrong. Skin color means nothing. The same goes for gender and personal beliefs. I should give each single person an equal opportunity. The should be no pre-judgement of that person for any reason really. And while I feel that we all like that and accept that, I see that for most people it ends with those categories. Or rather most people give each other an equal opportunity but still hold some strange stereotype or prejudice towards the person due to things like race, gender, religion, etc. Now this does not have to be negative in any way. It can easily be a positive thing. Either way is wrong in my mind. A person should be valued or not valued based on the person they actually are, nothing else.
So here’s a new one, one that I face on a fairly regular basis. It drives me absolutely nuts! What I speak of is hair color. Now blondes had their time of being known for certain things, and to some extent we have moved past that. But it seems that we’ve moved onto singling out a new hair color: red heads. You’ve got statements like “gingers have no soul” or “why do I have so many ginger friends?” or “I’m always glad when there are gingers around”. Just wack stuff like that. Now its not always negative and its not always positive but honestly it doesn’t matter which end of the spectrum its on. The fact is that just singling a person out because of anything that is not part of their actual person, or their personality is just plain wrong. Speaking from my experience people just want to live. They want to interact socially with other without feeling different. I would say most people don’t want to be the center of attention for something they don’t even have control over, though I may be wrong. I know when people congratulate me or dis me for something about myself that I had nothing to do with it makes me think less of that person(probably something I should work on). But really stop seeing color. Morgan Freeman has a perfect formula for ending racism: stop talking about it. Stop seeing him as a black man and he’ll stop seeing me as a white man. The same goes for hair color. Stop seeing and defining me by the color of my hair(which came only from genetics, something far out of my control) and I won’t do the same to you.
I don’t think people really grasp the affect this has on people like me, and maybe I’m alone here, but it gets old. If nobody ever brought up the color of my hair then my life would not be any different than that of a blonde’s or a brunette’s.
So please. Read this(well if you got to here then you already did, yay!). Give it some thought and then take some action and make some changes!