What can you control in your small world?
|My own little world revolves around|
family and friends. I try to make it
a good place to be.
It is our behavior with those around us, what we think as we look out our front window, feeling superior to those less fortunate and our tendency to act on our anger that creep up on us. Being a good person is very, very hard.
In fact those humans that wrote the bible talked about those instincts back when civilization was emerging tells us how slow we are to civilize ourselves. They are not listed as such in the bible but do appear in Proverbs. From what I can find they may have been collected by scribes of King Hezekiah, who reigned from 715 to 686 B.C. I suppose they could be the root of all evil. They are:
the desire to have an item or experience that someone else possesses.These are not the big things that we think about in today's world. Notice there is no mention of terrorism or war or theft or shunning. The fact that we want what another has is not something we necessarily think of as a big thing. It is when we act on these impulses that we get ourselves in trouble.
excessive ongoing consumption of food or drink.
or = an excessive pursuit of material possessions.
an uncontrollable passion or longing, especially for sexual desires.
excessive view of one's self without regard to others.
excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents.
uncontrollable feelings of anger and hate towards another person.
But as my friend and I continued to talk, it occurred to me that making things better in our world is all about what we as individuals can control. It all happens in our very small personal theatrical stage.
Controlling our weight, keeping our space and ourselves clean, being less confrontational and angry, spending less money and giving up greed, being happy not envious of other's successes, remembering to never make another feel unworthy because we are prideful and last but not least, being virtuous in our personal lives are all situations that are very close to home. And no one else save our self can control those urges.
It really is all about our own little world. Could it be that if we actually did what we ALL could to be better as individuals, the rest would follow?
What do you think.
It is a thought!
Note: I just want to tell you that I am not a church goer and do not belong to any particular religion. But, when it comes to ethics and virtue, one cannot do better than study the world's religions. I just happen to be more familiar with the Bible than any other book on religion.