With the advent of Easter, and in the spirit of its celebration, this article which I am posting is a timely message. Recently, I’ve posted a comment in response to a blog which wrote about the celebrity college scandal that has just surfaced from the news. It was well written with good coverage of views from different angles, and I felt needed to share my thoughts on that as well. My comment was short, and precise but I’d like to expound further for my readers’ benefit.
First, I wish to discourage anyone who is already thinking of playing a role in the gossip of the celebrity’s misdemeanour. That is to say, pay no mind on the news reporting on cases like the recent celebrity college scam. The hype the media has created is tempting me to pass judgement on fellow human-beings in thinking I am better. Being overly critical of other people’s affairs is a troubling disposition. Personally, I don’t like to go there as it’s not my business. It’s a trap which lures me to protect, and cover up my ego.
Celebrities who are caught bending the rules are mothers, and they did what any responsible mother would do in their given capacity to provide the best for their children. Who are we to judge them on the moral platform? It’s complicated. But, they did take a shortcut that eventually met with a detour. That’s life’s way of implying something that is not quite right, and fair, and a correction is needed. If anything that comes out good from this transaction is more money for the college that can be put to good use that benefits students, and teachers.
Do good, we to enter heaven. Do the bad, we enter hell. That is the general belief. Can we determine what is good, or bad without knowing the intention of the person who has committed the act in question? Like Jesus who stood facing the crowd that judged him over Barabbas. Barabbas the murderer was freed, Jesus was sentenced to death. So, who enters heaven, and who enters hell when death knocks? We have Jesus, Barabbas and the crowd of freelance “judges” to match them to heaven, and hell. You may think Jesus steps into heaven, Barabbas has to pay his debt in hell, and the “judges” will be dancing in limbo. Let’s pause here for moment, and think about what you are thinking now. See what I’ve just made you do? I’ve persuaded you to pass judgement on others that you don’t even know. We are so quick to prejudice that it has become a habit of second nature. Public judgement is detrimental to that effect. I think it’s wise to observe the red line. Stay on your side unless you are invited over, or defend the right to your space when it has been violated. We need to respect the space of others that they deserve by allowing them with that space to grow as you have been given that same opportunity. If the affair of others does not concern you, learn to control the urge to pass judgment, and remain tight lip. In short and subtle, mind your own beeswax.
The idea of heaven, and hell lies in the conscience. We are beings of conscience. There is no way by force to free ourselves from this invisible bind that God has woven into the human canvas. We need to pay our “dues” for freedom. Where death will eventually take us, is a “place” only as good as our conscience that we have prepared ourselves for. It’s an intimate affair. No one knows better than you of yourself. That is why we can pass judgement only upon ourselves, and not by others.
The development of self-awareness is something that all must take part by making an effort to make it happen. Thought must be put into action if we want to live in a better circumstance. If everyone tunes in to love, and tune out differentiating them self with others, we would live with more honest pleasures, rather than succumbing to suspicious mind. So, is your conscience clear of guilt?
Thank you for tuning in. Happy Easter.