Why can’t we be friends“Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t we be friends? I seen you ’round for a long long time
I really ‘membered you when you drink my wine Why can’t we be friends? Sometimes I don’t speak too bright
but yet I know what I’m talking about” War (the music group) had it right – why can‘t we be friends? We all have that inner desire to be someone’s friend. And it’s an honor when someone will call you their closest friend or even best friend. But this post is about those whom we seem to argue with for some unknown reason. Occasionally I will go on the net and look for a fight. It’s kinda like in the old days when you had some liquid courage and you laid down your dollars to challenge the best pool player. Then once you lost your money, swallowed a little pride, you sobered up and realized you bit off too much. Back to the practice table and hone some more skills. I do this on the net and I challenge people on what they or how they interpret God, sacred scriptures and their view on religion in general. Why is it then when you approach religion, in any manner, that people get on either defensive or they go on attack. I found a saying and I forgot who said it but it goes “If I am wrong that doesn’t make you right!” I see this even happens is some debates among religious leaders. They can not seem to help themself. They eventually get a little personal and you can see the frustration build up on them. This happens on the net as well. We can start out in a friendly mood, ask or answer a simple question. The next statement brings on a more stearn tone of answer, which then leads to some name calling out of the blue!! This goes beyond religion on the net, it applies to sports, politics, celebrities and even simple affairs of everyday life. The “net” has brought out this creature in all of us and since we can be somewhat anonymous, we let our inner creature roar!! I am generally a smartass, but I have been my whole life and lately (last 5-7 years) I have, for the most part, been able to control that part of me so that I don’t say those things that get me A: fired and B: in trouble, period. So why is it so hard for us to express our opinions without getting upset because people don’t believe what we believe? Is it so terrible if no one person believes the same thing that we believe and feel? Are we that insecure in our beliefs that we have the need to pull others into our court? Do we need that confirmation that we will make enemies to pronounce it as well? So is it even possible that we can all just be friends? I hope so. But we keep stumbling over ourselves trying to do so. And maybe the best we can really hope for is just acquaintances.