We need more words in our vocabulary. Have I introduced you to my favorite word yet? Here it is:
- Flabbergast: to overcome with surprise and bewilderment; astound.
Now here is my favorite word in a sentence: She was flabbergasted to learn that I enjoyed microwave popcorn cold.
Here’s another good F word:
- Frustration: a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.
A sentence: I was full of frustration because I couldn’t express exactly how I felt about this certain topic.
And here’s three words that we may not use everyday, but we recognize.
- Religion: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing amoral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
- Sect: any group, party, or faction united by a specific doctrine or under a doctrinal leader.
- Cult: a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.; a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies; a group having a sacred ideology and a set of rites centering around their sacred symbols.
Here are some sentences: I dislike religion. I believe it is a mainstream cult. I wonder if every faith isn’t different, but just a sect of one main idea that each religion has changed and manifested to make it so radically different from each other one.
So. There’s a reason behind this. It’s about the shooting in Wisconsin at the Sikh temple. I… Don’t have a current affiliation with any religion or faith, since my spirituality has become something I need to think about and find about, but I know that I’ll hold Christian values that I was raised with, no matter what. Or maybe they’re my values. But I believe in tolerance and acceptance. So it’s saddening to read about people who have been killed because of something they believe in (I’m assuming. They’re now saying that the shooter, an ex-military man, may be a white supremacist), probably because some idiot thought that his way is the only way of thinking.
I would like to take a moment of silence for the people who were murdered. I would like to take a moment of silence for anyone who has been a victim, deceased and survivors alike, of a hate crime. A moment of silence for the people who have suffered for what they believe in, what they accept, what they support. A moment of silence for the people who are oppressed. A moment of silence, please, for the fact that in the United States, a country built on the idea to celebrate differences, we still have people who refuse to accept others, no matter what. Thank you.