by Alex King
I discovered in my younger days that the only constant in the universe is its mutability. I’ve held to this adage ever since. We see results and forget that there was a process by which this information was obtained. An Ethics class once taught me that to use such absolutism as “right” and “wrong” or “good” and “evil” is to commit moral folly. We don’t live in a black-and-white world. The requisite balance for sustainability yields only grey.
Once, I wrote about anger. I challenged my audience to consider the moral conclusion on anger. Christian lore tells us to be wary of the spirit of wrath. These things we’ve been taught are evil… I ask, are they really? If a crucifix is used as a murder weapon, does that make the symbol of the cross an omen of ill portent? The logic works in the reverse as well. Yet, society is ready and willing to label those convicted of crimes as evil.
Absolutes are born of a narrow mind and a fearful heart. It takes courage to face the fact that possibility is the answer to wisdom. Absolute knowledge is impossible, though absolute Truth exists; the difference is as separates deduction and induction. Herein lies the Truth of the second chance concept. We do not give opportunity for reform as licentiousness, but rather as a show of hope and courage, two aspects of love. What hell we would devise if fear were our only adherence.
Spiritual hospitality is the cornerstone of redemption. Society primarily focuses on constraining outcome; all things in moderation. If the outcome is undesirable, scientific reasoning calls for a query into the initial premise. If we have strayed so far from logic as to place no merit on this methodology, then we now live in an insane asylum in the guise of a free world. If pain generates anger, cruelty demands calm while compassion expresses concern. See past what you believe your reflection to be and gaze into your soul.
79° and Clear