What’s wrong? This isn’t a rhetorical question. There’s just so much garbage. It’s getting harder and harder to tell, anymore, if anything is right. But here are some things I do believe about wrongness.
- It’s not okay to be untrustworthy. If you can’t trust me, we can’t have a decent relationship. You will always wonder if I’m going to screw with you. You’ll wonder if I’m going to cheat you or lie to you. I should not say one thing and do another.
- I should admit when I’m a jerk. When I’m alone in the dark, I hope I have the courage to say, “Wow, I was a jerk. The jerkiest jerk. I hope someone will forgive me.” If I’m really courageous, I’ll actually admit it out loud. Maybe ask for forgiveness.
- There’s a point at which I should shut up. I once heard someone pray, “Lord, don’t let me miss a chance to be quiet.” I’ll just let that one sit.
- If people are depending on me, I shouldn’t let them down. Did I make a commitment to you? I am honor-bound to see it through.
- There are more important things than being right. Did my righteousness come at the expense of someone else? Was I smiling when I ground their face into the dirt? Then my victory is cheap.
- If I am afraid, I should admit it. Fear corrodes.
- I am not in charge here. The best I can do is be a good mensch.
- I probably should be last in line. I’ve had a life of comfort, privilege, and blessing.
- I believe there’s a heaven, a hereafter, where all my friends – Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindi, Wiccan, without faith – can meet and be one.
- Love is the greatest commandment. I try really, really hard to get this one right.
I know a handful of people like this. You’re probably one of them. But where did the rest of us go?
I believe there’s an evil. It’s alive and at work. It wants us to believe we’re alone.
This is what’s wrong. That awful voice started, small and insistent: “This is terrifying. This will destroy us. This cannot work.” It gathered up fear in a dust bin and poofed the collected contaminated particles into the air. They continue to accumulate and swirl.
I heard someone say, just this week, why gather people and march? What will that accomplish?
I was stunned. It’s like saying, what can one person do, combined with another person, and another, until they all hold hands and link arms and build a community? It’s our only hope. We cannot do this thing, this life, alone.
Everything I see in the media right now insists you and I are alone. I am not. You are not. They’re lying. Certain people are out and out lying.
Evil wants us to give up. That’s what’s wrong.
[P.S. Since this is basically a message to my kids, you know I love you. Now, get to it. The world needs you right now.]
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