Archive for the ‘Personal_Responsibility’ category


February 12, 2012

With apologies to Mr. Jefferson I believe life is a gift sufficient unto itself. More (liberty etc) may or may not be given as well. Where it is not given, humanity should endeavor to provide it, but without any guarantee of success.–me

The real issue for me is life is a gift and not a right. Rights do not exist independent of responsibilities, treating them as such is crippling.


January 30, 2012

From Oprah’s Lifeclass: Forgiveness means letting go of past hopes that didn’t happen. I believe the alternative is the bitterness of longing for a past that never was.–me

Forgiveness does not involve saying that what happened (or didn’t happen) was okay when it wasn’t okay. Saying “I forgive them” in the useal way usually carries with an implied “even though they don’t deserve it.” It creates a personal myth of moral superiority. Putting ourselves above others in that way has nothing to do with forgiveness, It’s actually a way of getting even, a way of holding on to the offense. There is no healing in that.

Forgiveness actually means letting go of the hurt. It involves recognizing that ongoing resentment hurts us more than the original offense. Most of all it means taking responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings.


January 24, 2012

Rationalization comes in many flavors from the syrupy sweet reasons I use to justify why something is okay when I know perfectly well it’s not, to the bitterly intoxicating belief that God wants what I want, loves what I love and hates what I hate. Regardless of the flavor, they are all pure poison to the soul.–me

We all rationalize, we hear the still small voice of God and make up reasons not to listen. We tell ourselves we have valid reasons for actions that we know to be indefensible. Or we tell ourselves we don’t know what to do when in fact we are afraid to do what we know. And this is the wide gate that leads to our destruction.

Elsewhere I have said that God will not judge us, but we will judge ourselves. And these rationalizations, large and small, will be the facts of the case. Who among us will judge ourselves guiltless. On what possible basis, forgiveness is our only hope, forgiveness for ourselves and for all those we used to rationalize our actions. This is our only hope.


January 8, 2012

Bodhisattavas never engage in conversations whose resolutions depend on words and logic.–Shakyamuni

Presumably he wasn’t using words when he said this; then again maybe it wasn’t a conversation. Or perhaps, he didn’t see himself as a Bodhisattva. Regardless, there are several valid points:

  • Spiritual truths can be accessed only by direct personal experience.
  • Words are of limited value in point the direction for spiritual growth.
  • Logic does not necessarily apply in matters of Spirit


January 6, 2012

The buck stops here–Truman

Karma. The buck always stops here whether we are the president or not. The buck stops with us, no matter who we are. We are responsible for our actions, even if we are not fully responsible for the results of those actions. The important thing to realize here is that there is some separation between our actions and the results of our actions. The difference is that there are likely to be other factors contributing to the results. But for our actions, other factors are irrelevant. There may be valid reasons but there are no valid excuses.


January 2, 2012

Not sure Heaven or Hell can be said to be places, but to the extent they can, they are both in the same location. Which one you experience depends less upon what you do than upon who you are.–me

The way I use the term, both Heaven and Hell are mythos. That is whether they exist as actual places is irrelevant. Both have more to do with describing the human condition than with objective reality. In that context, both lie within us. They are places we chose to dwell based upon the law of love which is:

    Love they neighbor as thyself.

To the extent we are properly able to love, we dwell in heaven; if we are not we dwell in hell.


December 27, 2011

When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad.–Tao Te Ching, S. Mitchell tr.

Pairs of opposites are actually polarities. Polarities are creations of the human mind and not necessarily representative of reality. Speaking in the language of mythos, God created the universe and called it good. Should we assume that’s a mistake and that some bits are actually bad? You can’t get around the problem by appealing to some fallen angel, or to original sin. Either it was all good including that angel and the first humans, or it wasn’t. If it wasn’t, God made it badly and then missed the mistakes entirely when he looked at the result.