I am not a religious person. I did the required classes during my time at my public primary school both in Australia and Papua New Guinea. But whilst I don’t believe in a specific religion I do find myself hoping that there is someone out there keeping an eye on us all.
If I had to identify with any one religion I guess my background would be closest to Christianity. I can say the Lords Prayer on command – they were pretty intense getting this into my head back in PNG. But I wouldn’t have a clue about hymns, other prayers or anything else to do with it all.
Logan hasn’t been baptised and whilst I would love for him to have god parents I just feel like I’d be making a farce of the whole thing. If it was a tradition in our family then I wouldn’t think twice but it isn’t so we haven’t.
But why have I gotten onto such a heavy topic? Last week as I was driving home from work to go and get Logan from my Mum’s house I found myself behind a horrible car. No it wasn’t spurting toxic gas into the atmosphere but it was definitely toxic none-the-less. This car had one of those stickers on it…you know the kind, the picture of Australia with the words fuck off we’re full in it. But what made this car even more toxic was the fact that this sticker was side by side with a baby on board and ‘little aussie’ on board sticker. At that moment I found myself praying – I didn’t know who to but I prayed for that child. I prayed that even though the views of (I’m assuming the mother as it was a woman driving) their mother were horrible that they would grow up to love all people and that just because you are born in one place doesn’t mean you have the right to bar people from enjoying our home too.
My blood was boiling but in that moment I was so happy for my upbringing. I promised myself Logan would be a tolerant person who would look at both sides of an argument and who would think of others before opening his mouth.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but when they are hurting others I don’t think that is fair. Whilst I didn’t take much from the religious aspects of my schooling I did take this – treat others as you would like to be treated. If we could all live our lives like this the world would be a much better place to live in.