Sunday Reflection VII

If you’re not listening, you’re not learning.
— Lyndon B. Johnson

Brothers & Sisters,

If we are to believe that humans at their very core are meant to be good then what makes people do evil? Is it the social constructs that surround them? If so would it not be easy for one to instruct them to remove themselves from said constructs? Are humans born with an evil seed within them that is waiting to grow? If so how can we at the very depths of our being have a good human nature?

Where does faith fall within this thought process then? For some faith might be seen as a crutch in which humans lean on to make sense of their failings. For others, faith remains a steady and constant rudder in the storm that is their lives. Another conundrum we might find ourselves within is when someone decides to push his or her belief or non-belief onto someone who has not asked (or doesn't want) his or her opinion. What makes a person feel that it is perfectly acceptable to ask questions or make statements that they know will rile up the masses? Where do these types of people fall on the spectrum of good and evil? One might argue that he or she is not acting in good faith and is only seeking a reaction out of whoever might garner one. Conversations are essential and are a beautiful way of gaining knowledge about subjects and other humans that are participating. However, conversations with evil intent or anything other than right undertones serve nothing but to cultivate the miserable seed within someone.

If we agree that humans should always have good intentions then perhaps we need to enter into more conversations with each other that foster rather than harm. A requirement of this is trust from both parties followed closely by an understanding that there are no foul undertones from either side within the conversation. Open-mindedness would be the final key to ensure that conversations do not go awry for the duration of the discourse.

Finally, a reflection of the conversation is a worthy thing that should happen if we are to glean from it all that we can. Walking away and not thinking of the discourse one just had should be an immediate warning sign that the conversation was lacking focus. In some cases no focus in a chat is fine, but in most, there should always be one or two things one might be left contemplating.

Yours,
Jeff

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