Wednesday, 12 September 2012
It is difficult to see another person’s perspective if they are coming from a different belief system, no matter what it is. The key to understanding is of course to be part of a group. The deeper someone studies or seeks to understand their path, the more mature they become in their life’s journey. This learning might not be from books, though I believe that is important, but from simply learning from what happens from day to day and applying their beliefs to the different situations that arise.
Openness to life, its struggles, pain, joy, love and happiness, expands the heart in relation towards others and allows communication to be established. Jesus seemed to be able to relate to just about everyone, except for the very religious. The poor, the broken and the outcast were the ones he could be most comfortable with. Perhaps this was because they understood life, even if they were rough and tumble about many things. They also had nothing to hide, since they were already looked down upon by those who were the cream of the religious crop.
There are many good people who I consider to be the salt of the earth. They are everywhere; we meet them in stores, restaurants, in cabs, at the airport. People, who work hard, raise their families, stay true to their commitments and are often the ones who are overlooked, because they are ordinary. In that they are extraordinary, in their determination to do what is right for their families and community. They have good values and live them. They are taken for granted. They are not famous, nor do most of them get into politics. They are quiet, loving and yes they are not perfect.
Many have serious inner struggles that they seek to overcome, leading to a breaking of families cycles of abuse that have perhaps gone on for generations. I do believe that as time goes on for our culture, these good people will become less, as the media’s power to manipulate and brainwash is increased. I am not hankering for the past; just hoping we can learn as a culture and break continuing cycles of breakdown and chaos. We do pay lip service to human ideals that were missing from the past, even the near past -- still it is lip service only much of the time.
To look within,
see the chaos and pain,
no need to paint others
in bright garish colors,
brothers and sisters we all are
Who in your life do you see as the salt of the earth? What is it about that person that makes him or her special? What trials or struggles has he or she faced that you can learn from?