Social Commentary On Homophobia In the Middle East

So I don’t normally comment on social pieces but I just read a news article about homophobia in the Middle East and was so sad that it was flooded with comments about how it is justified because being anything other than what is socially acceptable (what hateful religion fanatics refer to as “what God intended”), is a sin; oh, the irony.

It’s 2015, and I hope we’re moving past this hateful prejudice against people for how they’re choosing to live their lives – regardless of their sex, race, sexuality, or gender expression. What is it that is so significant about diversity that drives people to endlessly scrutinize other people for things that are beyond their own conscious control – not to mention irrelevant! It shouldn’t matter if you’re black, if you’re a woman, if you’re gay, if you’re transgender. That is your truth to live. We’re all human and we deserve equal opportunities to succeed in all facets of life.

There are so many more important issues at stake on this planet concerning our humanity that still need to be addressed: poverty, wage gaps, world hunger, access to clean water and crops, mistreatment of livestock, developing alternative energy sources, global warming, police brutality, terrorism, and the threat of war, to name a few. We need each other more than ever to continue to evolve beyond this fear-based mindset.

Stop disguising your hatred as piety and altruism when you are the epitome of the sin you claim to be so above. The hatred you’re harbouring destroys lives and breeds fear that ultimately creates a divide in our society, giving those in positions of power the ability to enforce what is “socially acceptable” and what is not. Being gay or outwardly different isn’t unnatural; choosing to remain ignorant and be hateful is. Daily social pressures are hard enough without your ignorant bigotry tearing people down, making it harder for you, as well as other people, to live their truth by reinforcing these unattainable social standards.

At the end of the day, each and every individual you meet is merely a reflection of who you are. We are eternal consciousness on a journey of self-discovery. Instead of expressing disdain over something so trivial because “it makes you uncomfortable” (which is really just a refusal to understand some aspect of yourself), you might want to take a good hard look at WHY this is making you so uncomfortable. Chances are you’re not only tearing other people down but an aspect of yourself as well. By choosing enmity over compassion, you are willingly assisting in our mutual destruction. Take responsibility for yourself and become informed instead of just mindlessly following along with what you’re told to conform to in order to attain what you perceive to be “social acceptance.”

Photo by Humblefoot

Photo by Humblefoot

One love everyone,

Logan
Kyle
HF
xo

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About humblefoot

Kyle Fisher (who often uses the alias Logan Rowley online and in his writing) has been enjoying writing since he was just 8 years old. His first formal publication was at the age of 13. He is now a spiritualist and openly queer author, perpetually searching for inspiration to create and learn more about the world around him. He is always drawn to the simplicity and uniqueness that life has to offer. He doesn’t identify with labels or socially constructed ideas about how the world should be. He believes that the world is your oyster, and that we all project our own destinies with the thoughts we choose to harbour about the universe. He is an idealistic, spiritualistic hippie who is just trying to find his place in this world, crafting each word to leave his mark, and promote love and equality among all people.
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