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Why Our Government is ineffective. What would Change Government.
Court houses and litigation teach us much.
The horribleness of man.
Meltdowns happen to the best of us. When put together meltdowns can be catastrophic. We are not perfect and we never have been. But respect for wisdom should always be our desire. And the tearing down of others should always be avoided. What can bring men to their knees and shatter trust is just plain old human behavior.
We are not destined to greatness if we view ourselves as great. We are destined for greatness if we view noble and good truths and causes as great. Something gained without sacrifice is no gain at all.
The hardest of all things to give up and sacrifice are our notions and dreams. We get ourselves all worked up and envisioning what should be. And then we will quite literally kill ourselves if it does not come to pass or even if someone gets in the way of that dream.
That normal perspective is an entrenchment. And as we learned from WWI entrenchment seldom leads to advancement.
Don't let the Man getcha
So there is a book. We do well to take lessons from.
When I was in school we had text books. Books that were actually quite instructive. They related basic facts and taught us how to understand those facts. About by 10 for most I hope, we came to realize that those books were not always the same as Funk and Wagnall's or Encyclepedia Britanica or a novel or other books we read. To me is was a shock and by 14 I thought all the texts were a load of crocodile manure. By the time I got a doctorate I realized I was right.
But by the time I had to start making an honest living I learned that the exact facts were interesting but always skewed by perspective and some agenda but that texts were cool and there fallibility did not detract from great lessons they taught.
So armed with this great new understanding I also picked up some old favorite books that I had kind of brushed aside because of inconsistencies and pretty clear nit picky errors. Here are some general books I speak of --- they are not titled well but rather general for reasons of my own.
Darwin stuff, Bronowski's Ascent of Man, Plato's Republic, War and Peace, two versions of the Bible, Latin Vulgate and KJV, the Quran. Buddha writings, let me just say Mark Twain and leave Clements out of it. And then many lessor knowns.
Aye they all have flaws. But they all have noble truths. And then after a time a truth came to me that is alpha and omega about man.
Just like the texts and great books. All men have flaws. And they have forever. But for some reason we used to respect great men. Now men just tear each other down.
Well I refuse to do that. Yes I point out a wrong here or there. And for instance I disagree with most presidents on many matters. But wow! How great they are.
Can you look and admire people?
Do you judge a man by his personal failures
I suggest you think long and hard on that one.
Hey Babe Ruth and Pete Rose were great ball players. And I am well aware that they had issues. But if they were to sit down and talk baseball I would respect what they have to say.
This is a Bible
Back to the point of the article.
In Acts 15 of most Bibles there is a story. The story is priceless and the lessons therefrom are wonderful and inspiring and good to know and learn from.
What this chapter talks about is leaders getting along and/or taking different paths for the same goal. The goal is for the good of the people as best as they can determine. They do not seem to waiver from that goal. We see different factions. We see groups that do not generally see eye to eye. And we see people put aside their own agendas for what is a collective belief in the good of the people. We actually see some lose power and in fact give that up. Oh we can see the rancor and arguing and imagine the skulduggery behind the scenes. But we see one goal driving them all and therefor that goal is attained.
We must assume that one of the lead characters and indeed most likely all of them have "thorns in their sides" they are not perfect. Yet in the story that is not part of the debate. We see respect and a mutual respect. And in that respect we see resolution, revolution and a solution.
Note here there is much sacrifice. Really note that there is much sacrifice.
Quiet meditation and ones own version of prayer for wisdom
What is good to note here is the very personal subject matter.
Lopping off a portion of a man's most private parts is very personal. It probably should not be done by dogma. You got it the debate is about circumcision.
Let me give you a quote and a link to this interesting chapter about citizenship and governance.
Some men came down from Judea and taught the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you can’t be saved.”
But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”
Please lift up those in position to help others. Leave the tearing down to the press.
Please notice here that I have not thumped the Bible at you. I did not even quote the portions that refer to the point of this hub. I am a preacher man. I cannot direct you how to think. It is not my place to give you your interpretation. And I am not here, on this hub, announcing or pronouncing any divinity of the words. This would be to violate the very notion that I want to get across.
Progress and solutions are best found in respect. I respect your opinion. If you care to have one on this subject you can take the 3.5 minutes to read the text, that we call scripture. I do believe that if you do that you will learn some good lesson about governance.
Remember what I said about texts.
Let me wrap this up.
If our leaders would show respect for each other and actually listen to each other and spend time alone on important matters. They would do better. Each one of those leaders, here in the USA are elected. How can I love my brother but disrespect who they have chosen to represent them.
Keep in mind that each leader is elected. Figure no less than hundreds of thousands voted for them. Now just think about tearing that leader down. You are saying in essence you do not respect your brother's right to elect them and you are dissing thousands and thousands of people and their positions. Take my word for it --- that is some bad juice.
But build that leader up and he shall have more confidence to do what is right and less worry about attacks.
Now remember be vocal in opposition to matters you believe are wrong. But attack the issue and not the good souls that believe differently. I suggest that you start in your home and actually with yourself. You do not need to tear down another to build yourself up. You do not need to be a demolition crew, you need to be a carpenter building upon your good foundation.