Bloggers Unite is an attempt to harness the power of the blogosphere to make the world a better place. By asking bloggers to write about a particular subject, a single voice can be joined with thousands to help make a difference. March 15, 2013 is the first bloggers unite event where the organizers and sponsors of bloggers unite are joining together with bloggers to “do the right thing.”
What is right varies from culture to culture and is often coloured by more pressing issues of survival, tradition, desires, ambition etc. So how do we define what is right in today’s society? A suicide bomber believes that killing innocent lives, for what he or she thinks is the greater good, is right. Politicians always circumvent the truth and introduce policies that suit their purposes; they believe it is their right. Parents in rural regions of undeveloped countries value male children over females, they believe it is right to do so. For a monogamous individual, polygamy is wrong and vice versa.
The most illuminating example that I can think of is the hotly debated FGM (Female genital mutilation) practice versus Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS). While one is banned the other is an expensive aesthetic procedure. The proponents of FGM call it a sacred cultural ritual and in light of their global condemnation question the legality of FGCS.
So how do we agree on a global right or wrong? The truth is we can’t, our cultures, our social norms and our viewpoints will never merge to a straight line. The only global right think to do is to follow God’s commandment, love one another. The religious should love the atheist, whilst acknowledging that their viewpoints will always remain poles apart. Love and tolerance is not and should not be dependent on a common ground. We are human and we all have to live on planet earth, that’s just about as communal as it gets.
It pleased me greatly to hear a Christian minister’s reply when asked about his opinion on gays, “I take a stand firmly based on love. While I regard it unnatural I do not do so out of hatred but merely as I consider the sanctity of gender ordained by God.”
We are all entitled to our opinions, views and based on that free to make our choices in life. As long as we do not harm another individual by practising our beliefs, no one has the right to judge us or condemn us. Let’s love one another and respect each other’s view; that is the right thing to do.