“If they say, Come Along with us, let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s waylay some harmless soul; lets swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; throw in you lot with us, and we will share a common purse!”. (By the way, there is more to this statement than just this, but, taken out of context, perceptions can change and be manipulated for the ultimate control factor)
In the prophetic words of a man named Solomon, true values that hold through the ages, have been pushed aside throughout history. Why, you may ask, are things like this done? Perhaps it’s that special gift that God has given us, free will, the ability to make choices in our lives that lead us to life, or to destruction/death per say.
What are some of the realities of today, seemingly no respect for elders, the have and have not, the social strata that envelopes all of us, the mass consumerism that rules our lives all leading to various complexities of personality disorders. Some call these disorders Sin, others call them just a fad or phase and then again, who’s to say? Gossip and innuendo seem to be more powerful in our society and world than truth and integrity. Looking at the magazines, the news on tv and in the paper, there seems to be a proliferation not only of porn, but false statements and misconceptions pushed just to get ratings and sell advertisement. Humm very destructive things for all of us, and yet we bite into it on a daily basis.
Trust, wow, what a term! Trust implies honesty, integrity and other very wonderful heartfelt values to maintain between even two people (much less trusting yourself to make appropriate decisions). Trust in relationships is waylaid by undercurrents of accusatory statements, criticizing others without looking at your self first. In actuality, most of us, as human beings, are hypercritical of ourselves and take for granted that we have the right to judge others on our own metrics of life, instead of attempting to understand the other persons’ metrics.
Perhaps an exceptional evaluation of personal metrics and what criteria we base this on is in order. The metrics of my life are probably not the same as anyone else, but they may be close in a comparative sense. Definitions and values, even though they have the same wordings, still vary in perception of what is real and what is not, and can be twisted and used against people at will, or, the opposite of this coin could be the ability to accept and understand the other persons perception, and not take it as a criticism of your personal perceptions.
Perhaps it’s time for a personal introspection and going through that 4th step in the 12 step program, a fearless and personal moral inventory and see just what our individual metrics are, and whether they fit our perceptions of various values or not……