Duct Tape for the Soul for Ap. 5 & 6, 2014

Your Outrage Seems A Bit Selective

Have you ever been punished for something you didn’t do? School, home, work, you were the innocent victim of blame that should have gone to some other. That still hacks you off, hurts and offends you doesn’t it? I bet you drag that out and display it upon occasion, to make yourself feel better, don’t you? If you can’t beat your chest when wrongly accused, can’t wallow in self pity over such a slight, when can you honestly seek some sympathy?

Well, consider this first; how many things are you guilty of that you were never punished for? Either no one found out what sort of wicked, immoral, illegal or sleazy thing you actually did, or you managed to lie your way out of it. Or blamed someone who wasn’t guilty. Oops. Where’s your indignation at these miscarriages of justice? Ahhhhh, somehow this is different? Care to guess how wrong that is?

How many of these have you got hidden   in your past? You’d love to pretend that they have no consequences, but you’d be lying to yourself. Again. Not that that’s stopped you before! Look, no one wants to run out in public, or to their family and friends and declare their wicked doings. You’d get punished on the spot likely, right? Your spouse certainly isn’t going to give you a pass for cheating on them, and neither is your boss, when he finds out you’ve screwed up something, and blamed someone else!

But here’s what you need a better understanding of; even if they naughtiness stays hidden, eventually, it will have an effect of you. Its called karma, specifically bad karma, and if it doesn’t show up in this life, it will plague you in the next. Or the next. To make matters more unpleasant, you’ll eventually have to listen to God hold forth regarding what a dunce you’ve been. You won’t enjoy that, or be able to avoid it. You’re immortal, so you can’t even avoid God by dying! Sorry.

Look, the wise person avoids doing evil things. They avoid saying snide and mean things to other people, they act honorably and honestly, whether they want to at times or not. They avoid much unpleasantness, both now and in the future by doing so. When they do hurt someone, they don’t compound it by lying or blaming others; they atone and appologize, choosing to fix the problem rather than trying to evade it. Not a lot of that gets done, but the ones who do are regarded as saints by most people. Are you one of them? If the answer is no, then what are you going to do about that? Or do you like having lots to be miserable about?

Jack

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