What is the saddest thing in this world???

November 11, 2012

Occasionally I like to revisit some of my previous posts that I think contains valuable messages. This is one of them.

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Originally posted January 15, 2011

That is a question that has been on my mind the last few days.  I have lived for more than six decades on this earth so I have been exposed to probably millions of different situations but what is the saddest?
The list initially was quite large but the more I have thought about it the more it shrinks. I think I am finally down the one thing and that is lazy minds. I know, on first thought, that seems a strange answer.  After all there are things like world hunger, hatred, prejudice, homelessness, constant wars, and many other things that seem more serious.  But the more I have thought about it the more I am convinced that all of the above mentioned things are a result of lazy minds.

Our ability to think is perhaps the most significant thing that God gave us to separate us from everything else in this world. Being able to analyze our circumstance and then make knowledgeable decisions and then changes is something only man can do. God gave us our intellect so we could develop it and use it to further his kingdom on earth.  When we lay back and refuse to use our God given intellect I believe we are sinning against God at a most basic level. Lazy minds are not limited to any particular ethnic group, economic scale, or spiritual sphere. It is endemic across the entire spectrum of human condition.

Lazy minds allow us to just sit back and take on our parent’s prejudges as our own.  If our parents didn’t like Jews or Blacks or Hispanic or whatever then we it is likely don’t like them either. If only we exercised our minds and found that all these prejudges are without any merit  or reasoning whatsoever we could more easily purge them from reality.

Lazy minds allow others around us to control how we perceive almost everything in this world.It is just easier to have someone to show us one way of thinking and not even consider that there are other possibilities. It allows politician to tell us what to believe, marketers to tell us what to buy. It allows others to tell us what to believe about almost all aspects of life including our spiritual one.

Finally lazy minds prevent us from solving many of the otherwise solvable problems in the world.  We have the technical ability to eradicate most of today’s problems if only we got off our butts and did something about it. World hunger is definitely something that is fixable. The main thing that prevents us from doing that is we have not figured out how to interact with each other or how to choose leaders who could do that as our representatives. We allow our leaders to tell us what to think, who are enemies and friends are and almost everything else about our living in this world. We let them separate us into clans that they say must battle each other.

Lazy minds prevent us from knowing who God really is and what he expects of us.  We allow others to tell us  their truth about God instead of discovering it ourselves. We allow others to selectively point us to the particular words in the Bible that “they” deem the most important instead of studying all the words ourselves. We allow others to tell us who to avoid or even hate instead of following God’s command to love one another, even our enemies.

We allow one generation after another to try and take the easy way through this world. Why study when we can be world class athletes? All of us in one degree or another refuse to exercise our minds to even a small percentage of their capacity. It is just too easy to let others think for us.  That is the saddest thing in the world to me.

4 responses to What is the saddest thing in this world???

  1. 

    I read this post twice trying to think of something witty or meaningful to add, but decided I couldn’t. You have summarized a mjaor reason for our world’s woes so well I can only say, nicely done.

  2. 

    Thank you Bob.

  3. 

    I been around this planet a goodly number of years to and I would only add that the world’s religions and their leaders(maybe not all but many of them over the years)are another force that has divided the human race and caused us to fight among ourselves instead of uniting for our common good. Countries(or factions in countries) go to war with each other over God. God is always on their side and against the group that side is fighting, right? I think God would really prefer that we leave him/her/it out of our wars, don’t you? lol
    Religions also at their core believe that those who follow THEIR way of worshiping are the only right ones. And if they are open minded enough to think that every other follower of all those other religions is not damned after all to eternal hell, they still feel that THEY are still morally superior, or the chosen ones, or more worthy of God’s love and favor. We humans seem to have this need to feel above our fellow beings.
    I have seen first hand many people over the years who have used God as an excuse to commit all sorts crimes against their family members and neighbors.
    Mostly I am commenting on the world’s western religions as that is what I have most exposure to.
    Just like politics, once religion and it’s leaders get to a certain point where the group has grown to a size where it’s no longer about your fellow man locally, but the group has grown to that critical mass point where the group is now an entity onto itself and affords the leader a position of power and control, how many of our leaders are capable of NOT
    using that power for their own self-aggrandisement , even if they still do a small measure of good for the masses?

    If you can’t tell by now, I believe in God but I am not a big fan of his multitude of human made fan clubs. ;-)

    Nice meaty post this.

    • 

      Thanks for the comments Sluggy. I find I am in agreement with most of what you say about the religions of the west. I too don’t know much about the others so try to stay out of that dialog also.

      It is sad to see so many religions that say “my way or the highway”. I know I was very directly hit by this mindset myself a few years ago.

      As I have pointed out many times at one of my other blogs at http://www.redletterliving.net there are currently 39,000 different versions of Jesus out their and each one believes they are the true keepers of the facts. We need to exercise our minds in realizing that no group or no one can really fully understand the mind of God.