I have to file this all away in my cabinet full of observations about how people’s brains work, or don’t work, depending on your perspective.
A couple of young women were explaining to me the horrors of faith, the violent and oppressive nature of God, the way Christians always believe they have the right to tell other people what to do. The only solution to fixing a broken world is obviously to just rid the world of Christians.
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Flash forward two hours later, said girls were now consumed by angst and frustration, sadly lamenting, what the hell is wrong with people? Why don’t they know how to act and behave?! How come we aren’t teaching them? If only we had some of way of teaching them how to love one another! Somebody should be telling them what to do and showing them how to behave!
You don’t say….
So how did we go from, “Christians are horrible people who believe they have the right to tell other people what to do,” to “Oh woe is me, if only we had some entity in place that would teach people how to walk in the world!”
Sadly this comes from confronting the truth and reality of human behavior around you. Our neighborhood is currently consumed by weirdness, car prowls, thefts, break-ins, and poisoned dogs. Three dogs I know of have now died and someone is going around and putting up flyers warning people.
I’m appalled by what I see around me and filled with despair sometimes too, so I empathize with the girls. “…if only we had some kind entity in place that would teach people how to walk in the world….”
Amen. If only…..
How do you learn how to love, how to value the sanctity of life, if your parents haven’t taught you, your culture doesn’t teach you, your natural empathy doesn’t kick in? Where do such notions come from if you’ve never seen them modeled by those around you? How do you learn to love…. in the absence of love?
Flat out, you don’t. You return to your somewhat natural sociopathic state, the little l’enfant terrible that always seeks the precioussss, the human will to power that simply wants what it wants at any given moment.
“Alas, if only we had some kind entity in place that would teach people how to walk in the world….”
Amen ladies. I think we used to call that place, “the local church.” It served a vital and valuable purpose in the world. For one it taught people how to love, people who may have fallen through the cracks in other ways. It helped us to define some of those moral boundaries and taught us how to love God, how to love ourselves, and by extension, how to love others.
Or, Above us only sky.