Happy Zomb... er... Easter!

"Zombie Jesus Day", and similar monikers for the Christian Easter... it's coming off as pompous and disrespectful to me this year. Yes, it was funny at first. In small doses with the right delivery, it can make one think. Both are good things, in my opinion. One should always question, whether it is one's own beliefs or the beliefs of another. Questioning can bring understanding and acceptance when executed well. Questioning can also lead to change, which can also be good.

What bothers me about this "Zombie Jesus Day" trend is that it has outlived its initial "stop and think" phase and is now being used in a deprecating manner. Or at least, that's how I construe it. Am I wrong? Perhaps.... I hope so. I'm not so sure, though, and that's what worries me.

Here's the thing. If you want people to respect your beliefs (or non-beliefs), you need to respect theirs. You don't have to agree with them, you don't have to understand them. Just respect them. If you respect the beliefs of another, you will also be showing respect to the people who hold the beliefs in question. It all comes back around, because you are also respecting yourself when you respect others.

To disrespect another is to disrespect yourself.

so, Happy Easter, everyone! And albeit a little late, Happy Ostara :)