Whenever you find someone frustrating or difficult, consider that the most perfect judge possible evaluated this person fully, and decided that this person was worth dying for.
This presupposes Christian thought, and has as its conclusion the kind of thought which ought to be implied by Christianity; charitable thoughts towards others, and recognition of their value.
Even if you don’t believe, you may find it an interesting thing to contemplate. It is a useful way to try to understand people. That idiot you’re dealing with in customer support may have children that he is raising to be upstanding citizens. The guy who cut you off in traffic yesterday may, in a couple of years, choose to give his life in defense of a total stranger. All of these people have in them something more precious than all the wealth in the world. Your mission is to find it in as many people as possible, and make it easy for others to find it in you.
Date: 2004-03-19 19:10:57 -0600
You know, that’s a pretty cool thought. I’m religious, and sometimes I feel guilty for looking down on people. This’ll help. Thanks.
(Can’t tell whether it will change my life, sorry, it’s 2 in the morning.)
(But I really think it’s a very nice thought.)
Date: 2004-03-31 20:11:44 -0600
Seebs, you’re one of the most bizarre people I’ve ever come across. One moment you can make such bigoted comments as to make Hitler nearly look like Martin Luther King, Jr., but another moment you put forth thoughtful ideas like this that make you appear to be a decent human being.
Date: 2004-03-31 21:39:45 -0600
On a second reading, perhaps I was being a bit too hasty in my previous comment…
My “mission”? And you think you can tell me what to do because….?
sigh That whole last sentence poisons what otherwise would’ve been an interesting idea.