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Struggles of the Human Existence: Part Deux: DUH!

Joan Winifred

The overly tolerant/overly strict…(extreme (mind) states, etc. please see previous post for details IF You choose) of insisting on/demanding of/fighting for one’s personal preferences as being above/or coming before Others’ rights, etc…brings to mind..this iconic/ironic song…

The song, written by Adam Yauch and band friend Tom “Tommy Triphammer” Cushman (who appears in the video), was intended as an ironic parody of “party” and “attitude”-themed songs, such as “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” and “I Wanna Rock”.[5] However, the irony was lost on most listeners. Mike D commented that, “The only thing that upsets me is that we might have reinforced certain values of some people in our audience when our own values were actually totally different. There were tons of guys singing along to “Fight for Your Right” who were oblivious to the fact it was a total goof on them.” (source: Wikipedia)

Do both states of extreme (being overly strict/overly permissive) indicate a lack of humility?? Interesting reading on humility:

Lack of humility has caused much confusion and strife between groups of people and between individuals. Our dealings with family, friends, colleagues, and others will be smoother and more pleasant. Humble ones avoid becoming disagreeable and demanding, behavior that can easily lead to anger, estrangement, resentment, and bitterness.—James 3:14-16. […] Yes, cultivating lowliness of mind is a fine way to maintain good relations with others. […] we do well to curb any inclination toward haughtiness or toward thinking that we are better than others. “Pride is before a crash, and a haughty spirit before stumbling,” warns the Bible. (Proverbs 16:18)

“[Do] nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with lowliness of mind considering that the others are superior to you.” (Philippians 2:3) This was in harmony with Jesus’ command to his followers: “The greatest one among you must be your minister. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”—Matthew 23:11, 12. (excerpted article: ‘Clothe Yourselves with Lowliness of Mind’ w 07)

Questions for Consideration:

IF i am insisting/demanding/fighting…for my “personal” point of view/rights, am i actually exalting myself over Others?

am i cultivating lowliness of mind?

am i compassionately serving/ministering to Others or are Others compassionately serving/ministering to me?

do i selfishly insist things be done “my” way?

What is my attitude: lowly or self-exalted?

Personally, i am NOT A FAN of hypocrisy…especially seen in major religions…(please check out these points i enJOYed reading from article: 3 Questions People Would Like to Ask God : “Why is Religion Full of Hypocrisy?”)

Why ask that question?

‘If God appreciated sincerity,’ some might reason, ‘there wouldn’t be so much pretense among those who claim to worship him.’

TO THINK ABOUT: Imagine a son who rejects his father’s fine upbringing and leaves home to lead a corrupt life. Although the father does not approve, he allows his son to make that choice. Could those who later meet the son rightfully conclude that he had a bad father or even that he had no father at all? Of course not! Likewise, hypocrisy in religion only proves that God allows people to choose their own path in life.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: God hates religious hypocrisy. (Jeremiah 7:29-31; 32:35) At the same time, he allows people to exercise free will. Many who claim to believe in God choose to follow man-made religious teachings and their own brand of morality.—Matthew 15:7-9.

In contrast, religion that God approves is not hypocritical. Jesus said: “By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves.” (John 13:35) This love must be “without hypocrisy.” (Romans 12:9) Most religions have failed to live up to that standard. During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, for example, tens of thousands of religious people slaughtered members of their own faith, simply because those people were of a different tribe. In contrast, Jehovah’s Witnesses did not share in the massacre, and many of them protected fellow believers and others, even risking their life to do so. Such selfless acts prove that religion can be free of hypocrisy.

Well, trying not to insist on my own point of view…but to me, real “compassion” is selfless humility at work without hypocrisy.

(published 9/30/15 @ 7:03 p.m.)

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