Friday, July 31, 2015

Watch your Fingers for much evil may flow through them



   
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Nothing made by man comes anywhere near the beauty created by God. Men may only build a path through it, or a build a monument to honor it. If they build a monument to desecrate the beauty and goodness that emanates from God then a time shall surely come when they shall be crushed even as insects are crushed by the wind.

By nature humans are a mixture of good and evil. In their journey through life humans do both kinds of things. Differences arise because some do more of one than the other at different times.

Looking back at my own life, at this age of 65, it was so with me too. When I did good, its source was discerned to be an inner self, the true and essential part of life, a part of Universe and therefore there was hardly anything for me in person to be proud of except for the fact that at those moments of good one may draw satisfaction from the fact that one had not covered it with smoke and dust that arises from things like pride, lust, anger and greed, so that the light of goodness could shine forth.

Looking back at the bad and evil acts done by me through life, I discern the source of it as ignorance, foolishness, immaturity and desires that wished in excess of what fate and universe had deemed fit and proper as it does uniquely for each individual soul. It is only the stupid who look at another and say they have this or that good thing, so why can’t they without saying that another is dissolving in leprosy or sickness and thanking the Lord that it is not so with them. And there are times a desire becomes so strong that it is an obsession and in this state a human becomes oblivious of harm to oneself and those around him. Such obsessions may harm much unless they are for a social cause and not for self interest but that is rare such as with saintly persons like Gandhi.

As one goes through ups and down of life one encounters both good and bad times and how one reacts to these situations determines one's behavior. When times are good one tends to develop pride and become insensitive to the pain and suffering of others even those who are close and I too have suffered from this. When times are bad one may resort to solace in things like alcohol that I too have done for a phase in my life and that can produce more insensitivity and irresponsible behavior. While small amounts of light alcohol can help a human overcome deep sorrow of trauma and tragedy in life, stronger drinks and regular consumption can produce its own tragic consequences and I have experienced that if life too when at first a moderate consumption of alcohol began after a tragedy in the family in early nineties and then a phase of heavy drinking after more tragedies in 1999 and 2000 and it took as many as seven years before I could fully appreciate the damage that was being done and kick the habit. Over recent years good may have prevailed over evil in my life or at least that is the hope. Yet, as long as one is in a human body it is impossible to become purely good or purely bad.

Perhaps the lowest kind of evil that humans are capable of is physical violence because that is a left over of the animal past of humans. It is an animal and beastly thing not befitting a life form with the brain and sensitivity of a human. The only place it has some justification is when it is used in defense of one’s or a loved one’s life and sanity. That is why perhaps the Lord has left that tendency in humans but alas there are some that go beyond that purpose. It is like lust that has been granted for propagation of life yet humans as a rule f--- around far more than that.

While a human may not indulge in physical violence, there are other kinds that can in situations be even more damaging such as verbal violence. Words can hurt deeper than physical wounds and if it is better than physical violence, it is only so because while physical violence in a human displays a foul animal soul hiding in a human body, one who is verbally violent is foul as a human.

In the modern age, the use of digital communications has replaced much use of speech for many and here it is the clicking by fingers that may perpetuate violence that speech used to earlier. This author is guilty of it himself from time to time and while one may delete some digital content later, not all can be deleted and even the one that is deleted causes some damage if not a near perpetual one.

Therefore dear reader,

Watch your fingers, for much evil may flow from them.

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