Let me start this post by telling you something that you already know. Nobody is perfect, not you not me (as shocking as that might seem).
No one is always good or always bad. As humans we try and take a balanced attitude towards life by limiting our exposure to things. Never too much of what is good for us and never too much of what is bad for us.
As I’ve said, humans are imperfect beings so we don’t always succeed. We try, we fail, we try again, then fail better.
"All of old. Nothing else ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." [i]
The world spirals into darkness every day. Political corruption, war, terrorism, poaching, domination, dictatorships aplenty. But the fact is we as humans don’t need to own the universe, we don’t have to conquer the planet and bend others to our will.
Just live in it, have the privilege of seeing it, experience it and see the world for what it is. See it as a planet filled with wonders and wondrous people all the same and all different. We can be so much more; we can be fantastic if we only try.
I myself have had the pleasure and privilege to see many different folk, different beliefs, faiths, cultures and while I can’t say that I always agree with their methods it is most definitely not my place to question it. If you don’t like it, don’t do it but don’t patronize and condemn.
If you have this incessant need to change the world around you then might I suggest you start with yourself. Remember to first understand and from a point of understanding try and educate. Not everyone will be open to change and that’s okay, remove yourself from their presence and move on. We have no need of could be Kings with armies of never were's.
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”[ii]
We can’t always succeed but we can’t sit on our hands or bend our knees and bow our heads and hope God will sort our problems for us. If you want to repent for your sins, that’s fine but have the decency to change.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.”[iii]
There’s no need to kill each other to prove dominance or to destroy to prove victory. We all have the potential for greatness and great change inside us. At the end of your road, however long it might have been just try and leave it a little better than how you found it.
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