Respect people who don’t deserve it?

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A fellow blogger, whose devoutness, nearly always, translates well into the secular world, recently posted the following paraphrased Biblical passage, which I simply cannot cotton to. Check it out…

“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as
a reflection of their character but as a reflection of yours.”

Titus 2:7

Really? Is that even possible? Let’s e.g. my concerns…

Just how, pray tell, could anyone ever respect:

  • Genocidal autocrats who oppress and slaughter millions of innocent people
  • Propagandists who irreversibly poison gullible minds
  • Insurrectionist tyrants who subvert their homelands’ charters to deny personal freedoms and thwart the peaceful transition of power
  • Sadists who rebrand torture as “enhanced interrogation techniques”
  • Misters 9 to 5, time clock punching, airbased drone pilots who commit carnage and merely say “Oops!” when the collateral damage starts to literally pile up
  • Science deniers / eco-terrorists

Need I go on? Yes, I do need to go on…

How could anyone ever respect:

  • Mass murderers, who shoot up elementary school houses and houses of worship?
  • Nazis and Klansmen who lynch people of color; all who can’t conform to their whitebread criteria?
  • Bristling with bloodlust and bigotry cops who deem the badge as their license to kill with impunity?
  • Human traffickers / perpetrators of sexual violence / child molesters

Now, I’m not about to suggest that such problematic people don’t deserve compassion. Au contraire! Once due process does its thing, each individual deserves all the time and attention that’s humanly and humanely possible; inclusive of livable lodgings; namely, cells of the barred and/or padded variety; for as long as his / her rehabilitation, if possible, may take.

My conclusion… Titus EITHER dwelt in a never-neverland, where serious crimes never existed OR with a bevy of bodyguards in tow, he routinely donned his rose colored glasses while traipsing thru a much earlier incarnation of un-American Donald’s Dark Ages.

To end this post on pragmatic note, consider my constructive criticism / slight revision of Titus 2:7…

Pay close attention to people who don’t deserve it; not as
a reflection of their character but as a reflection of yours.
The survival of innocents will depend on such awareness.

Tom 1:1 (numbering subject to change if/when re-dos become a regular feature)

Now, to be sure, I honestly believe that, just as I do, the above-mentioned blogger feels appalled by all the above-mentioned, deplorable conduct. I merely deemed it necessary to rehash this particular, paraphrased passage to point out how it’s far too easy for spirituality to (unintentionally) impair 20/20 vision / cloud reality.

In today’s world, that could prove downright dangerous!

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No Title Necessary

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A toast to each day’s rising sun
Even if all that’s left sums up, just one
Salute this day’s setting sun, too
For tomorrow may arrive without you

Toast, next, our reunion, Supreme
Be it secure in the elements’ stream
Be it obscure sphere beyond mortals’ dream
Be it pure light of eternal life’s gleam

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Realities and Possibilities

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As dusk’s drapes descend; close
A raised glass toast to propose
May our numbered tomorrows
Be unencumbered by sorrows
Brimmed with grandeur; a’glowin’
Trimmed with love, peace; freely flowin’

When “numbered” comes down to one
Toast that, too, once day is done
Salute kind mortals who perish
Honor life’s moments they cherish
Ponder their dust now windblown
Up to the heavens unknown

Where might souls reappear?
Swathed by elements’ sphere?
Eternity enshrouded; with our maker near?
Or doth this transcend; taught tenets, mere?
Nonsense the senses; all we smell / taste / touch / see / hear?
Beyond our grasp; we behold the untold frontier?

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Christine Valters Paintner’s Praise (Vid of the Day)

A Google Search paints this impressive portrait of Christine Valters Paintner…

“She’s a Benedictine Oblate, poet, writer, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, teacher, and pilgrimage guide. Her fields of expertise include Christian spiritual practices, monastic spirituality, and the expressive arts.”

A passage from The Work Of The People’s YouTube site will succinctly set up the above clip…

PRAISE SONG FOR THE PANDEMIC – written and read by Christine Valters Paintner, from Abbey of the Arts and music by Giants & Pilgrims.

 

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Fortune Cookie Blog (3-D Spirituality)

 

To profess spirituality is as E-Z as photographing a blessed house of worship.
But, do make sure such a claim isn’t as thin as a smartphone screen’s image.
Adding that third dimension starts with being attentive to the cleric’s homilies;
putting into practice the truths (s)he preaches; uplifting the day to day lives of
who we meet; offering a helping hand to the aged / infirm; being charitable to
the less fortunate; offering enlightenment to all who may dwell in darkness.

 

 

 

 

 

Spirituality and Patriotism

 

Most people profess their love for God and country. We’ve seen a lot of these sentiments serve as window dressing to bogusly spruce up one particular 2016 presidential candidate’s campaign rallies (need I even name him?). That said, does everybody actually understand how deep spirituality and patriotism need to go?

To better illustrate this, either actually run this “experiment” or just imagine doing so. First write whatever symbols represent your religion on a sheet of paper. Not to worry… even atheism has its own “logo” and I truly believe folks can still feel love and behave in a spiritual manner even without a Supreme Being entering the picture. Next, draw an image of your nation’s flag.

No need to be concerned if your calligraphy and artistry are just so-so. Of primary importance here is to, first, observe the height and width of everything you’ve written and drawn and, next, view the paper edge on.

If you’ve detected spirituality and patriotism as being only paper-thin, you’ve drawn the right conclusion. Indeed, a more significant third dimension is found only within our minds and hearts.

To add such depth, one must feel respect for humanity… regardless of people’s age, nationality, ethnicity, spirituality, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical disability and psychological disorder.

We must NEVER worship the almighty (paper-thin) buck… NEVER disrespect Mother Nature… NEVER accept torture, homicide, gun violence, WMD and war.

We must fully realize that, in our world of plenty, no one need ever waste away from nutritional and intellectual starvation. Once stomachs and minds are fed, all industrious individuals should be allowed to freely draw upon their innate talents, become gainfully employed, be granted unencumbered passage on the path to self-sufficiency and prosperity.

Love of God and country have never actually gone away… spirituality and patriotism have just been reduced to paper-thin, barebones symbols and imagery.

The only remaining question…

Is it too late for such a society to self-correct? Your thoughts?

99 Word Blog (#042) BBB’s Inspirational Blog

 

I’ve just read an inspirational blog, Lessons from a 93 Year Old posted by BeautyBeyondBones.

Her story’s gist…

While attending mass, a latecomer sat beside her and she lived her religion.

Since her login process is complicated, I post my comment below…

Our youth obsessed culture creates a problem. As years add up, they oft subtract from one’s popularity, multiply sad feelings and divide generations. You are a true Christian. It’s heartwarming how you have proved to God, the other churchgoers and yourself that you do put into practice all that’s been preached. If we don’t… sermons become meaningless.