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After over 20 years of marriage, raising kids, having to move home three times in as many years, losing a grandchild, watching my son who wasn't even of legal drinking age yet (which means he wasn't yet 21) move through the loss of his child, watching someone I believed to be a friend for over 20 years throw everything away just so they could continue to cling to delusional fantasies of how life is, realizing that the entire history of humanity shows a distressing trend to our least desirable attributes rather than our nobler ones, and generally seeing how all systems work at some level of corruption...
I continue to realize more and more each day, that we either choose to be happy or we choose not to be. We choose to let some ripple in the big pond of life upset us, or we admire the reflection as we continue on our way. We rant and rail at the unfairness we butt heads with on our path, or take positive action to correct as much as we can and keep moving on with life. We choose to cling to our emotional and intellectual baggage, or we keep what is valuable in each trial, each life lesson, and compost the garbage.
We either move through the pain of our trials, or we let it break and rule us. We either deal with our Shadow selves, or we let it consume us from the inside out. We choose to be Aware, or we choose to continue sleepwalking through life, never really facing the truth of our selves or reality. We all meet with some degree of success in our choices, but not all of us are even aware that we are, in fact, making choices at all.
In the end though, the only choices I can truly deal with... are my own. I choose to be Awake. I choose to live through each day of my life, even those really painful ones, with my eyes wide open to the truth in and around me. I choose to move through the pain of life trials and rebirth myself; giving up who I was for who I yet may be. I choose not to be dragged down by or react to the sleeping majority, their poor choices, petty behaviors or inappropriate reactions. I choose to continue making the attempt to gently wake each sleeping soul I encounter, even if they lash out.
I choose to live in a manner which reflects my respect and love for the World and All My Relations, even if my own people continue on their destructive path. I choose to learn from my mistakes and forgive myself for all that is beyond my reach. I choose to leave this world a little better off than it was when I got here, and leave any worrying to be done by Creator. I choose to remember that the only person I need to be better than, is the person I was yesterday. I choose to assess myself honestly and put in the work that needs done, especially when I don't want to face it.
I choose to form a life for myself that has no room for toxic people or their waste, only compassion for their loss. I choose to compost the crap that flies at me rather than fling it back, or dump it on others. I choose to live my life in each moment making the best choices possible and doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing, not for reward, acclaim, or power... but because somebody somewhere that I will never know just might be inspired. I choose Life, Love, Light, Happiness, Healing...
Because I am worthy of all things bright and bountiful. Because I believe we all struggle with our burdens, experience pain and lessons we have yet to learn how deal with in a healthy way, and we all need to be the change we most desire to see happening in the world, especially when we see no hope.
Happiness seems to elude most people. We seem to lay all sorts of conditions upon our happiness. "I'll be happy when...", or "After I fill-in-the-blank, I'll relax", when in truth we can be happy whether there is a storm raging in our lives or we are enjoying currently sunny skies. Stop waiting! No need to delay! Live now. Love now. Laugh now. Heal now. In the end, now is all we really have.
"Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have." ~ Unknown
What I need most comes to my hand when needed, and I am already grateful for the multitude of unseen good things that are headed in my direction. The World gives its best to me, and Life deserves no less than the best I have to offer in return. Everyone chooses something.
In this op I will attempt to briefly assess explain Christian teaching on the nature of human life.
Christian teaching on the nature of human life stipulates that we are entities created by God, who have been given free-will and have been created in the image of an omnipresent, omniscient and omnibenevolent Deity. Christians believe that as Sons of God we must submit to his will, and that human life must be religious in order to gain divine help, ultimately in choosing Christian ideals of Good over evil, in order to gain entry into God's kingdom, after we have died. These ways and rules which theologians and the religious have used to categorize life and the nature of being are all derived from the bible, a text which millions upon millions of Christians worldwide follow in some regard or another. Many Christians believe that all humans are born with original sin, due to abuse of free-will by the first human beings created. Only by submitting yourself to God and abiding by his rules can this sin be removed. Problems with this theory, particularly when taken at face-value arise when questions regarding contraversial moral issues are posed. Opinions are divided on topics such as Euthinasia, assisted suicide and abortion, in terms of what constitutes murder. There are also problems with the concept of an omniscient God being able to exist, due to contemporary ideas of free-will, such as the emergence of determinism theory. as well as problems that modern philosophers have with the idea of omnipotence, and whether it is truly possible, Creationism and the Genesis story also are contrary to what modern Science theorizes in regards to evolution and the age of the Earth, alongside many other philosophical and metaphysical concepts abided by Christians which come under scrutiny when applied with reason.
Opposing arguments on human nature are of course in place by Christian Philosophers such as John Calvin, claiming that 'God does not create everyone in the same condition, but plans eternal life for some and eternal damnation for others.' [The Institutes 1559.] which heavily suggests that man does in fact have no free will, and is predisposed to a status of being either elect, or damned. - God has unilateral power over humanity but humans do have no free will.
St Augustine would argue that following this disobedience, we have indeed inherited sinfulness from Adam and Eve, but because God still loves humans, sending Christ to die for them, it is only necessary to submit to God in order to receive eternal salvation. He claims that we are basically sinful, and need to be saved by Gods grace.
Thomas Aquinas claimed, perhaps more optimistically, that 'Humans still have some natural goodness in them,' and because they have access to reason, can decide on their own natural purposes, further going on to attack the issue of Omniscience vs. Free Will by stipulating that due to God's transcendence, his knowledge and perception is outside of time, and knows our fate in an incomprehensible capacity, thereby allowing Omniscience and Free will to co-exist.
Genesis II, a text generally accepted by many Christians states that man has dominion over animals. Opinion is divided on the exact meaning of this. - Whether or not it means humans should support and maintain nature, actively subdue it, or do as we see fit with it.
The specific aetiological text dealing with the creation of man, and subsequent outline of his inherent nature is covered in The Fall Of Man, Genesis III. After Adam and Eve, the first humans, had eaten from the tree of knowledge, thereby defying God and losing their innocence, mankind was cursed with original sin, and it was later taught that all humans must be baptised to be free from this inherent flaw. As a result there have been various splits in the Christian Church, and many denominations have evolved.