Everyone of us, at some point in our lives, have heard someone advise “be humble”. In fact, we ourselves might have passed on that same wisdom to others. Many times however, this advice is offered simply as a survival tip, but is there more to it than that? Is being humble merely the act of lowering ourselves in the eyes of others so as to avoid the social consequences of this world, or is it a transformation, a metamorphosis of the self? If we’re being honest, we already know that it’s the latter. Humility pertains to a true self-transformation rather than a deception of oneself and an appeal to others. Two questions then remain, how does one be-come humble and who is the true judge of our humility?
“[True] Humility is the acceptance that we are created beings, made by God, The Creator of all things.”
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A book I read recently suggested that the Universe, and everything in existence, originated from a single entity. That everything is derived from an all-encompassing essence, including sentient beings such as us, Humans. As I lay here in bed prepared to fall into slumber, the word Unity permeated my being; its meaning, its true essence. I pondered for a moment on the word Unity, and realized that the times we, as humans, are happiest or in the most blissful state are when we are united or feel as such; united with one individual in companionship or friendship, united in a family, united in a society or culture coinciding with the inherent but often unknown essence of what makes us happy. In fact, we desire and go to great lengths to acquire or fulfill this sense of belonging. I dare suggest that it’s because we are all individual parts of a whole, in essence, “in spirit”. Ponder for a moment on these aforementioned instances in which we feel united. Even from our most limited perspective, you’ll find that we are always referring to a Unity Unseen. This Unity Unseen is manifested in natural ways allowing us to perceive it with our senses, but upon some reflection we find that such manifestation is but secondary to the true UNITY that already exists in the UNSEEN. For example, when we desire to feel close to someone, what we are truly seeking is not simply to be physically near them. For even if they perform the most profound actions of love and comfort, absent of the unseen truth behind it, we can perceive the hollowness of those actions and are left feeling empty. Now, if we feel so compelled to be One, Whole or United, and have yet to achieve the state where it is manifested in the natural, this next question begs asking. Is there something, somehow interfering or opposing the very idea of us being united? If so why? And also, how does this force go about interfering as it were with this innate, powerful force of UNITY? The latter of these questions will be the focus of today’s topic.
Unity: joined together or combined so as to form a single whole; in harmony.
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As finite beings inhabiting time and space, our survival has been dependent on a particular ritual. Animals perform this ritual instinctively, but for other beings with superior cognitive abilities such as humans, we find that we can exercise some choice in the matter. The ritual in questions is none other than the one involving the passing of one’s characteristics, traits and values through to the next generation, parenting. Parenting typically begins with the act of reproduction and continues indefinitely. Much like the lion, who for example, gives birth to cubs, ensure their survival, and teach them the ways of the hunt, so is it for humans vis-à-vis their offspring. It is on this basic principle of survival, and in the case of humans, thriving, that all societies throughout time have observed the staple of “honoring your father and mother.” But what does it mean to honor your parents?
“Parents, in essence, serve as the template by which we perceive and interact with God.”
The dictionary describes Honor as “holding in high respect; or to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of.” The benefits of honor towards parents are obvious when observing animals in nature. Regardless of their positions in what we call “the food chain”, all children, or newborns, if they are to survive against the various threats of life, must rely on the protection and wisdom of their parents. Those who stray from their parents, much to their detriment, often meet deadly ends. As in nature, human newborns depends entirely on their parents for survival, and when they are of an age where they can provide for their own nourishment, their future survival is often dependent not on food, water and shelter, but on the wisdom on how to navigate through life’s many potential pitfalls. While these concepts may be obvious to most, it is another that I offer on this day. As humans, I believe that the ultimate role of parents, knowingly or otherwise, is to prepare their offspring for living a life in concert with their true Father, God. Parents, in essence, serve as the template by which we perceive and interact with God.
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Mankind’s greatest flaw and weakness is that we are egocentric. We believe that we are the center of everything. That things start and end with us. That we’re the prototype. Once upon a time we believed the Earth to be the center of our galaxy. We were of course wrong, but if you ponder why we would assume so in the first place, you’ll come to understand why so many wisdoms and understandings have eluded us for so long. The wisest and genius amongst us have realized that to grow or evolve is to see beyond ourselves.
When it comes to having faith, we often do so in exchange for something. We” have faith” when we want something really badly and it is beyond our means of acquiring it. We must therefore “hope” or “trust” that some force in the universe, i.e. God, will come to our rescue and provide it. This view of faith is no doubt useful at time, but it falls short of the grand meaning of faith. What does it truly mean to have faith?
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The dictionary describes thought as “ideas or arrangements of ideas that result from thinking, or the act of producing thoughts. As babies, arriving to this physical realm, we are overwhelmed with an abundance of information in the form of sights, sounds and feelings. It is through the thinking process that we can organize this influx of information and “make sense” of it all. This is an ongoing process that continues well into old age, and ends only when we exit the stage. Meaning that tied with breathing, this one activity consumes much of our existence and to no surprise influences us greatly.
French philosopher Rene Descartes is most notably known for his ideas on thought. His most famous principle is cogito ergo sum (English: “I think, therefore I am”). He believed that thought exists. Thought cannot be separated from him, therefore he exists. While I do not agree with his entire philosophy as a whole, we do agree on one thing: our thoughts have major impact on who we are.
I’ve often thought that there is some logic to our thinking process having a direct correlation to who we are. Other times, I’ve observed how the application of this idea has ruined our lives and self-image. We have condemned ourselves because of our thoughts, many times without ever actually acting on such thoughts. I considered then this principle must be invalid, because I do not believe that thoughts absent actions to be wrong. Over the years however, I have come to realize a simple wisdom. We are not your thoughts, but we do become them over time.
“We are not our thoughts, but we do become them over time”.
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