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Enlightened Discrimination

Greetings from 'chilly' Brisbane,

I've witnessed a lot of class discrimination in my life, starting with prejudice against myself as a child growing up on a London housing estate by my school friends, later being told at the age of 10 that I could no longer play with the gypsy children that lived in the field behind the hospital where my mother worked as a nurse, and more recently here in Australia with the second class treatment being dolled out to our single mothers and old age pensioners. However, over time I've convinced myself that things are getting better, inch by inch, day by day. So imagine my surprise when I encountered a new kind of discrimination. I'm talking about Enlightened Discrimination by the so-called Spiritual Elite of our society, the 'chosen' ones who preach their sermons from Twitter, Facebook and the like, dictating who will or will not be saved come doomsday due to the level of their belief - I have another word to describe it 'scaremongering'.

In fact, I was told by one of these elite this very week (a friend I have known for almost a decade) that they had to let me go as I could no longer meet the spiritual standards of being their friend. Of course I immediately asked myself:

Am I spiritually challenged or damaged in some way?

Perhaps, but aren't we all pondering the big questions this year and wondering how to live a good life in an increasingly strange world? And maybe my parting with my spiritual friend was meant to be to allow an epiphany of sorts to occur.

I've done some analysis since my dumping (via email no less!) as to why I wasn't able to live up to my spiritual friends expectations, why couldn't I remain positive 100% of the time, and then I realised...because I'm human and not a machine. I have bad days, I need to vent, it can’t always be rainbows, kittens and angels surely? I wish it was, but my reality is very different to the Spiritual Elite. Perhaps when I ascend all will become clear, but for now I still have to worry about my day to day life, my book sales, the kid next door that has started peeing over the fence, my kids grades and their futures, my daughters new boyfriend, what new culinary creation I can scare the kids with at dinner, and when the cats need to be wormed. Shouldn't a friend understand all this? Especially a spiritual one (I suppose they should already know – sorry couldn't help myself, had to slip that in).

But wait, what is that bright shining light? Is it…yes it is, my epiphany!

'A friend is someone who is there for you when they'd rather be somewhere else'

Thank God for Hallmark!

Stay alert (and never give up on your friends, even the cranky opinionated ones, you never know when you'll need to hide a body!) Sharon Ann Rowland

[Quote from Wikipedia]


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