I am tired of seeing those ‘coexist’ bumper stickers. You know- the ones with all the different religious symbols making up the letters of the word. Not that coexisting is a bad thing. It’s the message that the bumper sticker actually gives that wears me out.
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The message of the bumper sticker is that religions should all be getting along. The de-facto idea is that NONE of the differences you have should override getting along. The sticker’s idea would be that whatever it is that you disagree on should be ‘set’ aside for peace’s sake. Not that you can’t believe that- just don’t insist on it.
And that is my problem. See, an owner of said bumper sticker is saying that the religious person’s ideas are causing problems because they insist on them. The owner sees the solution in the form of ‘insisting’ on their own ideas! In essence, they aren’t saying ‘Coexist,’ they are saying ‘Submit!’ Specifically, submit to how they see the world should work.
Wasn’t that their problem in the first place?