We are all individually accountable for the state of the world. No one is without fault and no one is without the ability to fix it.
As a society, we rely too heavily on context clues and the heuristics we’ve lazily and unsubjectively adopted to base our decisions. By doing this we have essentially gotten rid of compassion, freelance thinking, and personable affiliation. Without these things, we cannot prosper, nor thrive. And we are running out of the rations we had advocating our survival. We’re running out of those willing to fight for good at their own expense and we’re left with good people that work with evil. When judgement day arrives, Gods not going to be looking for the ones which we perceive as sinners – well he might but as Jesus did.. he’ll grant them forgiveness. But what about those of us who are good, but don’t know we are in need of being forgiven?
We are declining quickly, as everyone can see. But this isn’t just the economy that’s crashing, it’s not a war that will eventually end, and it’s not the darkness before the dawn. We are declining in the very nature of humanity. We have surrendered to inappropriate mannerisms and we’ve cultivated mental illnesses. We have stopped loving life and those who live it and we’ve started longing for what comes after. We’ve neglected caring about our fellow humans, as we believe they fail to care for us, and we’re left praying for each other in silence as we wait for this life to be over…
But once this life is over – we will still be side by side – we will still be of similar form – we will still be exactly who we are. Why are we waiting until we’re saved to start working on ourselves and, in turn, each other??
We do not have to wait for salvation or absolution – in fact, waiting for those things – while ignoring the cries of the people around you – even if you’re whole heart goes out to them but not your efforts- You are not living a righteous life worthy of Gods grace.
We need to make this world a better place, or none of us will be going on to the next. We need to come together – and stop negotiating whose responsible for what part of the mess and the cleanup. We are all accountable; we all have teeny tiny pieces that we can give; pieces that make up every puzzle piece for each bigger picture of all-encompassing life to be complete.
To start giving, we can no longer rely on what we think we know.
Who decided 1+1=2 and who decided that a person whose homeless must be a drug addict, anyway?? Or that a charge or even conviction is 100% true?
Someone did and although I was being silly about the math one; somewhere along the way we all got caught up in perceptions that are cancerous to the wellbeing of humanity. We lazily continue to pick them up and apply them to our subconscious assessments of our world. We are fueling the insidious growth and then behaving as if we do not have the power to effectively conquer and cure it.
Break free from stigma and outdated heuristics. Advocate for perspective and dismiss perceptions. You don’t have to feel your reach of influence all the way up the ladder to be influential- be content with the reach of your neighbor, it still makes a difference. If we all only held ourselves alone to this standard – to thinking without relying on assumptions – we’d already be living in a world that has changed.
Notice how simple that sounds? Just do it ourselves and the problem would be fixed right… are you thinking that there is no way it’s that easy. If you are – you’re already failing. Whoever told you changing yourself is easy???
This is going to be hard. It is going to take the same, if not more, amount of will, determination, power of mind, and self-control as quitting cigarettes or any other addiction. It will take consistent self-awareness and constant self-assessments to make sure you haven’t fallen into an old pattern of determining what you are doing and thinking right now.
Our heuristics are not all going to be wrong, but I can give you one freebie – if they cause you to label another person. It’s wrong, even when it still fits right. Remember how hard you’re trying to change, they’re trying too. How often do you fail? How much easier is it to get back up when someone already believes you have?? Hold them responsible if you see or hear them slip up but do not assume that they are and do not assume that they will again.
Its not admitting that you’ve been doing anything wrong, to employ your power to change. Even our heavenly father needed an eye opener, but once he got it – he didn’t let his pride or fear ignore it. He embraced us harder.
He seemed like a pretty strict dude until he became a father to an obediently defiant son. A son who choose to stand up to his father, in our place and in defense of us, to plead for our forgiveness. Then he selflessly gave his life. That is a pain that as a parent; I pray diligently to never feel. But in feeling it, God understood and was able to relate to our suffering, to know what we endure here on earth.
He got his son back obviously, (which is a little bit of using his powers for personal gain. But, I think we can let it slide… ) even though he didn’t have to mourn forever – he came back changed, he wasn’t the same father he was before.. he updated the severity imposed on the law of Moses’, he became more ‘forgiveness with respect’ rather than ‘judgements and obedience.’
I think we too often forget the impact of our individual footprints until we see our children trying to follow them, fill them, or erase them. Everything we do, every day is a representation of who we are and what we live in. So, say the kinder remark, tip a little more, condemn a lot less. Pick up your trash, pay the extra to recycle, and volunteer as a family. Inspire others to greatness instead of scrutinizing their failures. We’re never going to give this world back to God perfect, but we can give it back in progress… and a work in progression is our ultimate gift and best of all, he understands.
He too had to see the world through the eyes of a/his child to understand how he could do things a little bit better. He also had to feel strife before he could understand he needed change. There will be pain at points, it will be hard. But we owe it to those we love, and those they love, and those their loves’ love to be even just a little bit better every day. And we owe it to God to follow his example and to respect the gift he gave us with more determination to nurture every gift he’s given, everyone.
It’s going to be difficult, it’s going to take tearing our personal world down and rebuilding it with better perspective, but it will be the most worthwhile thing we ever do!