Blog 2321 – 03.02.2022
This Insane World
“Lean not unto your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledging the Lord (your higher best self) and he/she will direct your path. Jesus, who was as we are in this world, bi-polar, half man and half divine, knew that things are not often as we perceive them and so he said “judge not lest you be judged.” Paul took that thought a little further with his, “You, oh man, who judges another are guilty of the same things.” How else would we recognize or be offended by those things if we were not equally guilty of them?
I am thinking in particular about how we judge the weaknesses and fears, (paranoia), of others. I said yesterday that fear, not hate, is the opposite of love. God is love, but man is often a fearful creature scared even of his own shadow. Love does not judge, but man judges everyone, everything, and him/herself harshest of all. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) once called “shell shock” was long thought to be cowardice or weakness by the military, but it is a real response to stress and trauma. Only in an insane world would people whose minds break under unbearable strain be judged as “less than.” If we carefully examined many of our own coping strategies we would have to admit that we all exhibit, paranoid, delusional, bi-polar, and schizophrenic behaviors at times, if not behaviors bordering on the psychotic. These are the pitfalls of living in an insane world where often the most sane are judged certifiable and the true crazies end up running the madhouse.
One of the most beautiful and astute rhyming verses ever written was found scrawled on the wall of a cell in an insane asylum. It was later incorporated into a beautiful song called The Love Of God:
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.
Most of us have known someone who has suffered a break with reality serious enough to need professional help. Sadly many never got that help and ended up taking their own lives or living with far more pain, disappointment, and despair than they should have. There is a verse that many have misunderstood, I think, that says “God will not allow us to be tempted beyond that we are able to endure but will with the temptation provide a way of escape.” Too many military people and others dealing with “unbearable” and traumatic burdens have had mental breaks and many of them chose suicide as the way out. How we all need to lean more heavy on our divine side for guidance, for comfort, and for compassion for others.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
The Greatest Love Of All