Point of Personal Privilege
September 23, 2014 § 7 Comments
Having reached what I consider to be a personal milestone on this date, I am taking a point of personal privilege to set out a few conclusions that I have reached:
- Life is complicated. It makes me laugh to hear the talking heads, pols, and other simpletons who claim to have the answer in a platitude or two.
- Rigid, inflexible, judgmental, dogmatic people tire me out.
- Needed in much more abundance: Joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control, faithfulness, and goodness. Gal. 5:22
- Needed in much less abundance: cynicism, egotism, hatred, dishonesty, self-gratification at the expense of others, unwillingness to empathize, cruelty, willful ignorance, and self-righteousness.
- We need less religion, and much more of God.
- The devil does not come as a creature with horns, dressed in a ridiculous red suit, carrying a pitchfork. The devil comes in the fulfillment of our deepest cravings and irresistible urges.
- As my time on this divot of the universe winds down, I am less and less willing to devote any of my personal time to what I find unpleasant, hurtful, or meaninglessly confrontational.
- If we could look truly dispassionately at most of the everyday concerns about which we are most passionate – things such as sports, possessions, politics, competitions – we would realize that they are really trifles, lighter than a feather, compared to what should really capture our passion.
- Do not trust people who are harsh and punitive.
Check back in fifteen or so years, and if I’m still around, these may have changed, and I may have more or fewer.
You may now return to your usual activities.