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Civility is the pride of humanity that has stood the test of time. It’s code of conduct remains challenged. Social divide is spreading, and the fear of uncertainty is testing our faith in the civil values that we embraced. It would seem the appeal for love is diminishing. Love is a trend which is becoming harder to sell. Hate is breaking into fashion obstructing wisdom in its path. For our civilization to sustain, love must apply to soften the hard stance of hate. A remedy to allow wisdom to shape a better future.

Hate is rigid, as it is hard. It incites anger, and anger has the effect of collateral damage. Not all anger is the same. Anger with a grudge is particularly dark. It distils from hate that has the element of revenge lodged in the mind to serve only to an unending affliction to self, as well as others. Revenge grips the mind, and provokes the emotion by taking the notion to a level more personal than it deserves which lacks content, and meaning. Intemperance will not open doors to wisdom. The idea of kicking down, and breaking doors won’t give the same emotional effect as opening them with a key. When the wisdom door is damaged, so has its purpose. A broken door is useless as it allows effortless entry without trials. The worthy walks through the doorway of wisdom feeling accepted without having to break anything. It’s our life’s purpose to mend doors to resolve resentments. Though the cycle can be repetitive, but in good conscience love will touch our senses to soften our approach to open the door by turning the key. In that given solace, prisoners of conscience that we are will walk away with a breath of relief each time a fractious thought is allowed to be released from its bind. When this thought vacates, love takes its place to free us. Imagine a sponge in its natural form ready to absorb water. Be like that.

Anger is a derivative of hate, and the other is vanity which is born of pride. Both are equally self-defeating. Somehow God’s mind has a conscience of mercy to guide us through mishaps in order to realise our erroneous exploitations. God has contingency to write the wrongs when we have a reroute with insolence. Merciful He is, but God’s patience has limitation. Since the known of time, the process of ageing is designed to negate the affection for vanity in redeeming God’s will. God’s patience runs along our life journey. Ageing will make anyone realise what they think of the undying lust for vanity, do die. As hate will face shame, vanity will face emptiness. The fad for having a complex is transitory, but it’s a make belief that will leave anyone feeling lonely. God’s mercy reliably rides with us throughout our lives, but it will run thin should we continue having repetitive run-ins with mending our wisdom door.

In our peril, religion comes to our aid when we needed a spiritual guide to help build a sense of hope over senseless hype. Somehow, in our credulous nature, believing in a greater power provides comfort. In humility, we re-established our relationship with God, a higher intelligence in exchange for a sense of security, and eternal protection.

The mind of God is framed within the inception of time, and its demise. In this domain, where space, and time spread defines His imagination. God’s imagination is so far reaching that we will always be trailing in its wake. If the idea of God is omnipotent, then He doesn’t need us to defend Him, or do His bidding, or even bribe Him with love. We have dug ourselves so deep in guilt that we would devise a scheme to bribe God with love in exchange for what is conceived as “unobstructed” passes. Obviously, we will fail to take the bluff to God because our mind sits within His. It’s our intimate nature to commit bribes that will ultimately bring deceit upon ourselves. We know God knows our deepest desire because we orchestrate His thoughts. In other words, by offering God with the gift of ‘love’ with the expectation of a reward in return is a deception that will ultimately prove that we’ve mislead ourselves. Why would God accept our gift? Because, it’s a bait to tempt Him. Temptation is the proclivity to indulge in our weakness that we are warned to refrain. In our action without rational thought behind it, we’ve insulted God and succeeded in reducing His Almightiness to a notch lower. If God is supreme, He doesn’t need anything from us.

If any offering to God has no significance, then we must be standing on weak ground. Our fate hangs in a balance should God cannot be appeased with gifts. So, where do we stand?

We stand by each other.

Just as God stands by us with His mercy, we return the favor by standing by our fellow men. The exchange of gifts is different between God, and Man as opposed to Man, and Man. If you think it’s the same, then your God is a corrupt one.

There is place where the ground doesn’t crumble beneath us. A place of meaning where we learn to love from our hearts in appreciation by coexistence within the spread of God’s domain. Here is where self-sacrifice is rendered without condition, or the need for bribes. When we stand by our fellow men, we grow our love from within, and that itself is gratitude for God’s mercy. God is an illusive reality of its own right. Our existence can only relate to the thought that spreads within the boundary of God’s mind. The mind of play is framed on the game of a snooker table which I’d like to use as a similarity to describe life. Directions, and positions of the balls are predictable from a calculated strike demonstrating life’s karmic law of cause, and effect. For love to be widely appreciated, taking a direct approach to the illusive greatness does not have the same effect as harnessing the love from the spirit of the game. Existence is our salvation.

The depiction of God as ‘Yahweh’, ‘Almighty’, or ‘Allah’ carries the idea of infinite possibilities to those terms. Every religion swears to one true God, a universal God no less. In the pride of upholding religious identity, the term “universal” loses its true meaning. Pride grades God. When religious authorities say that we are one in the eyes of God, but how do we explain the growing division that we are in today? I don’t see a sweeping reform in unity throughout two millennium of human history by upholding the tenet of religions. Instead, religious outfits are trying to outdo each other. Which means, the change that all instituted religions want to bring upon its worshippers is superficial. The true path to lift our faith closer to God is by a personal effort that we can make on our own. It starts from within. To an extend, religious societies have lost their way in unifying the greater population by remedying the symptom, but not the cause much like what medicinal drugs do. The cause will be in a state of suppression. Nevertheless, they do have the recipe in their possession to help worshippers exude humility in knowing there is something in creation that is much greater than themselves. Yet, only we can bring ourselves to recognise this opportunity. To accomplish this process, the recognition of God does matter as it paves the way for our humble act in salutation which matters even more. The act in wanting to reform the mind towards a level of quality in wisdom which must match the sincerity of the initiative. This is essential to the change for a united, and peaceful world that we seek.

It’s not my wish to take anything from the institutions of religion. My intention is to assess, and address our action’s misalignment from our natural desire for wisdom. Unless our perception shifts to mitigate the distortion, we will find ourselves remedicating our afflictions. I am addressing the depth of our need for reform. Our sincerity must be assessed, and put to the test every time before we make our entrance through the doors of temples, churches, mosques, or any places of worship. Put on the attitude which fits the idea of not bringing gifts for bribe. Be more of a follower, rather than a worshipper to accomplish more. Your presence in the company with the congregation of your fellow followers is all that matters. Lest we forget, it’s in the spirit of a mass following that gives birth to religious clubs, and memberships, not God.

We don’t need religion to show kindness, or aggression. The feeling of love, or hate is captured from our personality, but chosen to be in disguise by the cover of religion. It’s a case of human weakness in faith to use religion as an excuse to bail out actions which are actually derived from choices personally made. Somehow, we are drawn to the pretext of religion. Religion is like the clothes we wear that we love showing off so much that in the spirit of sharing that love has been sidelined.

To most of our us, actions don’t reflect the true nature of our intention, because we play to the tune of self-deception. This is where our soul stands apart from our conscious body, and mind. The intuitive mind yearns for peace, but the other chooses fear to stay divided. Fear of the unaccustomed change that draws from our natural defence system. To deliver a clear alignment is the reform that requires honesty without fear. It requires a process in deconstruction of our human make-up to accomplish the challenge that is bestowed upon us. The misalignment is our double standard which makes us hypocrites. Lay your cards clean on the table with nothing to be a shame. This process allows the exchange that will broaden the horizon of our understanding measured by the degree of our virtue. The construction of a meaningful life depends on it. If man walks the path of this humble sway, humanity may be thrown a lifeline, and prevail.

Footnotes:

“No man walks the Earth is without flaw”

“When the wisdom door opens, the mind reaches a level of thinking that no longer perceive certain elements of life that were once feared, and ashamed, whereby setting the mind on a balance in acceptance to any given condition”

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Food for Thought – Faith vs Fate

As the US presidential race draws closer to the polls, mainstream media are intensifying their coverage on Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. Like most Americans who supported Trump, I liked the idea of his promises he has made to rid of Islamic terrorists, putting up a wall to stop illegal migrants crossing over from Mexico, and to lift corporate America back to its prime again. He has promised to make good the wrongs that he claimed only himself could execute. On that basis, I would give him the job, and the chance to prove himself worthy of those promises that he made. However, a large number of US citizens have indicated the temptation to throw their support behind Trump, but seemed prevented by his eccentric rhetorical remarks which deemed derogatory, and racist. His obsession with women and sex has associated him as a self-professed sex predator, a trait exudes obscenity which has the greatest propensity to erase the qualities of what is expected from an upright leader, the nation’s exemplar. Caught up in the fervor of denigrating, and character bashing of Hillary, with hindsight Trump has in fact demonstrating the presidential material that he is grossly lacking.

Yet, I’d like to see what he could actually do to bring order, and prosperity to the people of United States as we know words aren’t worth anything without rational action. But, to give Trump the support would also mean to bring the value down on what it means to be a father, and husband. To me, the emergence of such an unorthodox character to the political platform such as Donald Trump has brought us a relevant case study. On one side, people are feeling uneasy because of the unpredictable threat, and deadly terror attack of Islamic terrorists. The other is a character overtly lacking in moral values making promises that he would resolve terror attacks, and make the country great again. Without a doubt, this is a challenge to the integrity of faith for all Americans as well as people in other parts of the world who are also caught up in the entertainment which Donald Trump has brought to their living rooms.

Nonetheless, the question remains would America compromise the integrity of their Christian faith by oppressing the rights of others of different religious beliefs, or race to give comfort to the mind? Liking to the biblical story of Moses who led his people away from the Egyptian captivity, and roamed the desert for 40 years carrying the belief that there was the promised land awaiting for their arrival. Their long, and unending journey unfolded in submission to the belief that the promised land had always been a distant away in mind. It was this foundation where the idea of “freedom” was fortified, which could only be fulfilled from within the heart. The promised land would have been meaningless without the people worthy of the Ten Commandment. The events of divine intervention which took place in the epic journey of Moses, and his people were probably scripted, and such was their fate as Moses walked in the mind of God.

I’ve shared my opinion on the “Trump Factor” with family, and friends. There those who relate Donald Trump liking to Moses, but his “commandments” are contrary to that presumption. I am sure many have that inclination as I do. Incidentally, a friend replied that there is too much to think about Trump in which implies the impossibility for the mind to resolve, or even conceive the conundrum to the diverse thinking which Trump hoped to institutionalized. It is a statement I am in complete agreement even if a president is already elected, the conundrum would still linger. So, I chose to depict the story of Moses, and the exodus that he’d led to illustrate a personal inspiration. Moses and his people were fixated on the idea of the promised land which was their impetus to keep looking. Instead, God gave them the Ten Commandment. Imagine, wouldn’t that be a big let down to anyone? Like my father promised me candies, instead he gave me a lecture on the harm they could bring. Over thinking has the effect of diminishing faith. So, don’t think too much, or you’ll missed the view of the promised land which can only be seen from the heart. When the heart is peaceful, the mind is free.

Footnote:

“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her” – Jesus