Religion’s Impact on Society

Does religion positively or negatively affect society?

Whether or not you are a religious person, you have acknowledged the fact that religion exists. You may view it negatively or positively, you may believe in a superior being or you may not. The reality is that many people are dedicated to their religions… and some are even willing to die for them.

“Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.”

Many people could argue that religion does more harm than good. After all, it was one of the key factors causing the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. It causes many disagreements between countries, conflict of government, and personal quarrel with others. Studying basic history will lead you to conclude that it is a large contributor to many past and present conflicts. One essential argument is taking into consideration that some people misinterpret their religion and use it to justify their wrongdoings.

“From the beginning men have used God to justify the unjustifiable.” -Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

IMG_7412.JPGHowever, religion is not always a bad thing. Obviously, most religious people aren’t extremists who are willing to die or kill for their faith. It also brings strength and hope for those in times of need, it brings people together with fellowship, and it makes people have a sense of belonging on the earth. When you don’t need to worry about the intimidating topic of the afterlife, you have a lot of weight off of your shoulders. Many faiths also give people closure by guaranteeing forgiveness and acceptance.

Now that you’ve read the pros and cons, let’s reread the question: Does religion positively or negatively impact society? Although it could be a mixture of both, the answer to this question lies within your own opinion. You decide if religion is essential or not. Despite your opinion or religion, I do encourage you to practice tolerance and kindness towards others. With religious-rooted oppression and other worldly problems, it is important to be compassionate to strangers, friends, and family. Spreading happiness signifies one step closer we are to achieving happiness without dependency on religion.

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What’s the difference between lonely and alone?

Everyone’s trying to find a balance between lonely and alone.

Nobody wants to be lonely. Some of us are comfortable being alone. You may think they’re the same thing, but they’re not. In my opinion, everyone should feel comfortable being alone and spending time with yourself. It’s healthy to do this every once in a while (at least), even if you’re an extrovert. It will help prepare you for times in the future in which you will undoubtedly be alone. You’re not always going to have a friend to tag along, and the sooner you accept this, the better.

Loneliness, however, is a crippling feeling that you’re probably familiar with. It is defined as “sadness because one has no friends or company.” It is a feeling of pure isolation from the rest of the world.

As you can see, they’re 2 completely different things.

“Loneliness is the isolation that comes with nursing a feeling unreturned — an expectation unmet.

Aloneness is different. Aloneness is finding freedom in this very same isolation; it’s the strange state of bliss that comes with being truly, honestly, unapologetically content in your own company.” -Samuel Leighton Dore, The Difference Between Loneliess and Being Alone

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10 Blog Post Ideas

Inspired by myself and writer’s block, this blog post will be about blog posts. After 8 weeks of blogging, your writing ideas may have run dry, and I’m here to help. Behold, things to write about when you’re out of ideas:

1. Share an opinion. Write about something you have a strong opinion on. Just share your thoughts.

2. Do a tutorial. Teach your followers something handy. Recipes, DIYs, or even other blog post ideas you have.

3. Write about something that’s been bothering you. If you’ve been ticked off for the past week about racism, write about it. Or rant.

4. Write about a book. Summarize the book you’re reading right now. Recommend it, talk about it.

5. Explore a quote. Find a quote you like and elaborate on its meaning. Explain why you like it.

6. Prove someone wrong. Find another blog post, tweet, article, or whatever that you think is wrong and downright stupid. Write about how wrong they are.

7. Tell a story. Share your personal experiences or learned lessons with your followers.

8. Copy. Steal an idea from someone else! Give credit where credit is due.

9. Talk about the latest and greatest. Write about the news or something trending right now.

10. Answer a question. Find a question you think deserves to be answered, and answer it.

Another tip is to have a place to keep ideas. On my phone I have a note that I write down blog ideas on whenever one pops into my head, which is very helpful when I’m out of ideas. Or you could just start a post with some thoughts or a summary of what you’d like to write and save it as a draft.

The most important thing to blogging is writing about something that interests you. If you don’t, your writing will be tedious and probably not very good or convicting.

Happy blogging.