Greetings Earthling:) aka Fellow-Fragile-Life/Breathing-Fragile-Life/Fellow-Fragile-Beautiful-Breathing-Life/Beautiful-Breathing-Fellow-Fragile-Life…Breathing-Fragile-Life/Beautiful-Fragile-Life aka BFL et al…ENOUGH…shut up, already! joanie!;)…get to some point, PLEASE!
For context to this post please read. For context regarding above-mentioned “BFL” terms: Around 2012 and/or 2013 began searching…my brain;)…mind for “adequate” phraseology…to employ in my writing that would convey my respect, love, appreciation, impartiality for all us humans aka brotherhood of humankind…at times, this term has encompassed non-human animals and bugs…”life” on planet depending on context of essay, post, etc. I was hoping to convey the commonality/unity/beauty/family of mankind…that we are all in this “amazing” process/boat together…”life” “living” “breathing” “changing” “growing” “transforming” works of art in progress…that it’s “precious” “fragile” “unique” “sacred” …i meant fragile in the best sense of the word…we are vessels…like fine china…to be highly valued regardless and treated kindly…and extended compassion, dignity, agape love, forgiveness and the benefit of the doubt.
I needed a “quick” term (which would break down barriers) that would roll off the tongue…to tell my Readers/Listeners:) that i am not prejudiced nor biased by whatever: socio-economic circumstance, culture, gender, education, ethnicity, etc. What description could i find to include/unite/elevate/acknowledge us all…we all breathe, we are all life, we are all fragile…no matter how strong and/or weak we may be at times…we, humans, are “finite”…life with limitations in one way or another way. We all need each other.
Breath is privilege. Life is privilege. A oneness to be found in our Fellow-Family Earth-wide. Hopefully, this explanation will help You Dear Reader 🙂 understand why i’ve used these terms in some of my writing. It’s just so sad we live in a polarized/divided world…it helps to examine our own personal attitudes and ideas…and words and actions…to see IF ? are helping to unite us or divide us as a Beautiful-Human-Brotherhood-of-Man inhabiting this Beautiful Planet.
For me i try to employ tact and respect and sensitivity to Others’ feelings when choosing my words…am politically neutral…so, i am deliberately not taking sides in politics/trending controversies of our day. “BFL,” to me, seemed a wise-neutral choice…(back in 2012/2013…2018?) Friend- ly… and not “hostile speech”.
Most of us are facing situations/circumstances/things in/out of our control that are difficult. My Brother who has survived Earthquakes, etc. in Haiti humorously said…”We were shaken, but NOT stirred!” LOL…and i would add not deterred!!…from his/a “genuine-compassion” course. We recently had an encouraging conversation and he acknowledged to me that emotional earthquakes…that some of us experience (including me in my life) can feel/be as traumatic/dramatic.
Pursuing Peace is my intention…((and by) not short-sightedly/superficially judging by outward appearance(s).) Hope You find the following excerpted reading helpful…timely reminders for all of us to view each other impartially/justly.
The scriptures say God/Yahweh/Jehovah values the inner, spiritual, positive qualities of the heart..reminds me of a fav song: lyrics: “it’s the person not the place, it’s the heart and not the face” 🙂
We need to examine ourselves carefully in the light of God’s Word to see if we are holding on to any prejudiced thoughts or feelings. (Ps. 119:105) We might also need loving help from others who may see prejudiced attitudes in us, even if we cannot see them in ourselves. (Gal. 2:11, 14) It could be that these attitudes are so ingrained in us that we are not conscious of them.
If we open our heart wide, we will allow love to replace prejudice. (2 Cor. 6:11-13) Are you in the habit of having close association only with those of your own race, ethnicity, nationality, tribe, or language group? If so, widen out. Why not invite […]them to your home for a meal or a gathering? (Acts 16:14, 15) If you do so, you will fill your heart with so much love that there will be no room for prejudice. But there are additional areas in which we tend to judge others by their outward appearance. Let us next consider material wealth.
Holy spirit moved Solomon to record a sad truth about imperfect humans. At Proverbs 14:20, he states: “The poor man is hated even by his neighbors, but many are the friends of the rich person.” What does this proverb teach us? If we are not careful, we could desire the friendship of […] who are wealthy while shunning brothers who are poor. Why is it so dangerous to measure the value of others solely on the basis of their material wealth?
We need to see our brothers as (Yahweh)/Jehovah sees them. A person is not precious to Yahweh/Jehovah because he is wealthy or because he is poor. Our relationship with Yahweh/Jehovah will never be determined by how many material possessions we have or by what we lack…[…]We simply cannot judge a person’s relationship with Jehovah by his material possessions.
The Scriptures instruct those who are rich “to place their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God.” (Read 1 Timothy 6:17-19.) At the same time, God’s Word admonishes all [..] rich and poor, to be careful not to love money. (1 Tim. 6:9, 10)
The Scriptures frequently instruct us to show proper respect for older ones. Leviticus 19:32 says: “Before gray hair you should rise up, and you must show honor to an older man, and you must be in fear of your God.” Proverbs 16:31 similarly instructs us that “gray hair is a crown of beauty when it is found in the way of righteousness.” Then, too, Paul admonished Timothy not to criticize an older man severely but to view such an older brother as a father. (1 Tim. 5:1, 2)
To the young man Timothy, the apostle Paul wrote: “Never let anyone look down on your youth. Instead, become an example to the faithful ones in speaking, in conduct, in love, in faith, in chasteness.” (1 Tim. 4:12)
In spite of our human imperfection, we can learn to see others through the impartial eyes of Jehovah. (Acts 10:34, 35) But it takes continual effort on our part and constant reminders from God’s Word. By applying these reminders, we will progress in obeying the command of Jesus to stop judging by the outward appearance.—John 7:24. [Do Not Judge By Outward Appearance W August 2018]
10/17/18 @ 3:33 p.m.
questions for reflections:
am i judging by outward appearances??
by missing letters after names, missing teeth, missing showy display of money/possessions/education/status/rank…missing wrinkles?
am i judging by outward appearances??
wrinkles, possessions, clothing, vehicles, titles, etc., etc.?
are my relationships based on bias to rich or to poor?
p.s. personally, for me, a “spiritual” “scriptural” analysis of my relationships/dealings/interactions/communications with my/any Fellow-Fragile-Breathing-Life…is honest/accurate assessment.
p.p.s. meant to include this reading too…
By means of Peter, Jehovah was helping all Christians to understand that He is not partial. He places no significance on racial, ethnic, national, tribal, or linguistic differences. Any man or woman who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him. (Gal. 3:26-28; Rev. 7:9, 10) No doubt, you acknowledge that this is true. But what if you have grown up in a land or in a home filled with prejudice? While you might see yourself as being impartial, deep inside, prejudice may linger. Even Peter, who had the privilege of revealing Jehovah’s impartiality, later manifested prejudice. (Gal. 2:11-14) [Do Not Judge By Outward Appearance W August 2018]