In this life I've come to realize that there are certain groups of people that no matter how hard you attempt to please, no matter how life presents itself to them, no matter what is going on around them at any given time are self centered and just plain unhappy. Their way is the only way. They seem to live as though the world is out to get them. If something, anything, doesn't go exactly as they expect it or think they want it, they immediately see wrong screaming persecution and dissatisfaction. Children are called brats; but what do we call these same brats who have reached adulthood and are still stuck in this bratty syndrome?
"Nothing like this ever happened before the likes of you showed up". "Why do we now have to end up with the shitty end of the stick?" "Why can't you people go back where you came from; where you belong?" These words or feelings are usually expressed by the group I mention without concern about what's going on in the lives of others around them. These people are the "personally persecuted" of our world, the "Bless your Heart phonies" who claim to hold the greatest faith.
About seventeen years ago when I moved from the Sodom and Gomorrah of the North into the Bible belt of the South, Americas holy land, the Mecca of the USA, Gods gift to the continent, from day one a small yet BIG word was and still is constantly thrown in my face. That word is faith. "You need to have faith". "Without faith you are lost, eternally damned." Well, let me tell you something, "I" have faith. Faith comes in many colors and flavors and without the different faiths that I have I could probably become one of the personally persecuted myself. When faith is mentioned in this neck of the woods there is only one faith that people think of but my faith takes on many shapes.
I may not have the faith that you do but I have faith of my own. Faith that one day I will be able to look back on my life and know that I have touched others lives. Faith that one day the hate and anger we face every day will disappear. Faith that I am living the best way that I can and will have no regrets. Faith that all humanity, whether "personally persecuted" or not, are truly, inherently good inside. Faith that when my life is over there will be no more problems or strife. Faith in love. Faith that my faiths will happily get me through this life.