1227. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi

When I despair, I remember that all through
history the ways of truth and love
have always won. There have been tyrants,
and murderers, and for a time they can
seem invincible, but in the end
they always fall. Think of it–always.
~Mahatma Gandhi

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I have heard from two friends today whose hearts have been hurt deeply. And as we all do, they are questioning why and how people can be so hateful and hurtful. Years ago when I was coping with a very hurtful situation, a friend of mine told me that only “hurting people hurt other people.” And over the years since I’ve come to see that Jack was exactly right. But then that doesn’t address another part of my friend’s questioning which was a.) do I think there are more hurting people these days and b.) if so, why? Before I answer that, let me say first that the fact that one of the Adam and Eve’s children killed his brother did not bode well for mankind’s ability to co-exist from the get go. We live in a fallen world in which good and evil do exist and have from the moment the choice was made to defy God’s will. And millennia after millennia has provided more than adequate evidence of a common inability as a whole to be loving and to get along peacefully. Now to address two of her queries; yes, I do think there are more hurting, hateful people, and the source is the media and the internet as you suggested. Just look at what we are being fed 24/7–It’s “cool” to be a bad-ass, it’s “cool” to be disrespectful, it’s “cool” to bully others, it’s “cool” get revenge and on and on it goes around the clock and ad nauseum. But like Gandhi I’ve not lost faith in mankind’s ability to self-correct. And it all starts with each and everyone one of us. The tools at our easy disposal are kind words, kind gestures, and lots of smiles especially to and with those who are hell-bent on behaving badly. We also have to choose to surround ourselves with people who support and affirm who and what we are; we have to choose to walk away from those who want to fight verbally or physically; we have to choose to forgive transgressions which in the end if not released only poison ourselves; we have to choose to be kind to ourselves as well by finding or creating some kind of sacred space where we can restore and re-energize our emotional well being; we have to choose to leave any and all past hurts behind us never to be brought into the present again; and we have to find places and ways to sit in silence in order to listen to the still, small voice inside who loves us and wants to heal our brokenness. And finally we have to greet each day and each breath with gratitude for the gifts that they are; we have to learn when enough is enough; we have to realize the finiteness of each breath, each step, each day; and for heaven’s sake we have to quit trying to seek a “version” of ourselves and find the real, authentic person inside. Is all of the above easy to do? No, but then what is in this life? Is it essential that we try? Yes, for the ones we leave behind when we are gone!

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you… ~Luke 6:27  ✝

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6 thoughts on “1227. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. ~Mahatma Gandhi

  1. Bless you Natalie for your insight, your beautiful words (and for such a precious picture). What we seem to have missed is that God does give us choice, but cares about which way we choose. The second thing is that everything He asks of us He has first set the example. His example by the giving of His Son is that everything is about love. The gospel He left us is the gospel of love. “If you have all wisdom and knowledge and have not love it is as sounding brass.” Love is the only cure for wickedness but it’s easier to hate than love. On the other hand humanity is still alive. We see it in mass donations for tragic events in friends who do for friends, but it seems we have great difficulty in letting it shine on a day-to-day, hour by minute basis. It requires living the values and morals that we believe. But we know that not everyone will follow the Lord’s plea, so wickedness and evil will always be with us.

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  2. Only God’s love can heal the broken…BUT LOVE MUST ALSO CORRECT ERROR… Scripture plainly declares… without God man will inevitable destroy himself… Noah/ Lot and of course the last days… man becomes so corrupt God must intervene… cut time short lest no man be saved! Man does have freewill but…. as we are seeing even in our time we are repeating the sins of the past… for scripture once again says… the last days will be as the days of Noah and the days of Lot…. many are called but few are chosen! Lets us therefore pray for the Lord of the harvest to send out workers to harvest the fields for they are ripe! Who will go… HERE I AM SEND ME… who is “me” but WE THE PEOPLE!

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