In my POV (point of view) aka estimation, (albeit limited and partly by my (almost 49) years of existence/experience(s), acquired knowledge/education, etc.) us humans have the tendency to under and over-estimate ourselves and our capacities for good and our capacities for not-so-good… did “I” just do that by deliberate word choice, e.g., not writing bad?;) Of course!🙂… did it yet again, huh??… by writing “good” (or is it well?) and not adequate, eh?!
The “human achievement assessment pendulum” seems incessantly swinging: sky high into outer space via glorious mind rocket ride or swinging mercilessly into subterranean trenches down low at ocean depths below… via gloomy submarine/submersible mind ride…
Do we arrogantly solely credit ourselves, us humans and our capacities, with way too much??… in the positive and in the negative?! (And why do you write that joanie??)…
We are vessels of/under constant positive/negative influence and positive/negative pressure/manipulation…some of us (and choose to be) clay in the Great Potter’s hands (a positive process of becoming useful)*(see below) and some of us…”and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the Devil, seeing that they have been caught alive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)
Revelation 12:12 “On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger, knowing that he has a short period of time.”
Would it be naïve of me to think “organized” crime with a stealth crime boss doesn’t exist?? Just cause a seemingly unidentifiable fingerprint, at a seemingly obscure crime scene, doesn’t match an already caught criminal?? What about a super-human cruel-master crime-boss behind the scenes manipulating weak human marionettes??
Naivete and arrogance can make us vulnerable… humility can keep us vigilant, spiritually awake, and alert to any of our potential “blind” spots… and to any negative influences: super-human or imperfect-human…
Cruelty often does psychological harm and sets in motion a vicious cycle. Referring to the violence engendered by cruelty, Noemí Díaz Marroquín, who teaches at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, says: “Violence is learned, it’s cultural . . . We learn how to act out in violent ways when our environment allows and encourages it.” Thus, those who have been victims of abuse may well end up abusing others, perhaps even in the same ways that they were abused.
In other cases, those who misuse such substances as alcohol and drugs may end up behaving cruelly. Not to be overlooked are individuals who are dissatisfied with their government for not meeting the needs of the people. Some of them, being determined to make their views known, resort to cruel acts and foster terrorism, often at the expense of the innocent.
You might wonder though: ‘Have men learned to act cruelly on their own? What is behind the present situation?’
Who Really Is Behind Cruelty?
The Bible tells us that Satan the Devil wields a strong influence over this world, calling him “the god of this system of things.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) He is the most selfish and cruel person in the universe. Jesus well described him as “a manslayer” and “the father of the lie.”—John 8:44.
Does this mean that the situation cannot improve? Díaz Marroquín, quoted earlier, states that “people are capable of unlearning” undesirable behavior. However, with Satan’s influence permeating the earth today, a person is unlikely to unlearn it unless he allows a different, superior force to influence his way of thinking and acting. What is this force?
Happily, God’s holy spirit is the most powerful force that exists, and it can overcome any demonic influence. It promotes love and the well-being of humans. To be filled with God’s spirit, everyone who wishes to please Jehovah must avoid conduct even bordering on cruelty. This requires transforming one’s personality to conform to the divine will. And what is that will? It is for us to imitate God’s way to the extent possible. This involves viewing others as God does.—Ephesians 5:1, 2 “Therefore, become imitators of God, as beloved children, and go on walking in love, just as the Christ also loved us *(or possibly, “you”) and gave himself for us*or possibly, “you”) as an offering and a sacrifice, a sweet fragrance to God.” Colossians 3:7-10 “That is how you too used to conduct yourselves*(or “used to walk”) in your former way of life.*(or “when you lived that way”) 8 But now you must put them all away from you: wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old personality*(Lit., “man”) with its practices, 10 and clothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it.” [excerpted readings: “Will Cruelty Ever End?” w 07]
Bookmarks can be underrated… especially useful in directing focus to a specific place, page in book or time in history…Thinking about 1914 as a history bookmark… specifically significant events: WWI, WWII, and all the unspeakable atrocities/crimes against compassion aka crimes against humanity… and the infamous perpetrators of these (whose names You can insert/recall)… who I don’t wish to waste my breath on naming… these killers/takers!!:(…What WOE experienced by our global human family since 1914 onward!!:(
**just a quick thought about: kings of Israel were required to copy God’s law and read it daily. Those who had Yahweh’s approval (and were compassionate/successful/kinder leaders) pursued such study to develop and retain the right/good/humble heart attitude and listened to Godly counsel. 2 patterns emerge from the many life accounts recorded in the Old and New Testament… those who chose to obey God’s law/requirements of how to engage life… and those who disobeyed. Every account where the person young, old, male, female, of their free will, chose to obey/listen to God/do things God’s way and not their own way say… things went much better for them individually than those who disobeyed…much pain, misery, and lives cut shorter.
Self-exultation v. cultivating modesty/humility…a topic for another time.
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3/22/18 @ 5:28 p.m.