Change the person, not the problem

The world is full of problems, but it is also full of people.  A person is just that – a person.  People do more than what is instinctual or intelligent or right.  Every person was given a free will when God created man in his image.  Some of the most illogical, bizarre and corrupt things are done by people.  It is by their choice that they have done these things.

What if they choose to do something different?

In this video, the mandatory stupidity would have been stopped if the people had chosen to be different: Georgia Healthcare Institutions Now Mandating Flu Shot For Employees.

A friend of mine once told me a story about a Buddhist monk who stopped a violent thug by breaking the man’s arm in three places.  The monk then reset the arm and gave the man a place to stay while his arm healed.  After his arm had healed, the man was no longer a thug, but actually joined the temple and became a monk himself.  The Buddhist monk did not stop the thug for defense or protection or anger or even justice, he stopped the violence.  The monk show compassion toward the man – toward the person – even though he punished the evil.  He showed the man a better way, and drew the man with gentleness.  The man had changed from violence.  This change would perpetuate even in a position of complete immunity.

Retribution, revenge and justice are not the things I should be trying to achieve.  People are not the problem.  I cannot stop, fix or remove the problem.  The problem is in the person.  I cannot even change the person.  The one thing I can do is to show them what it means to be different, to help them be different, to lead them to the one who can change everything about them.

I have found, for myself, that Jesus is real and that He is God.  This is the one whom I want to show to people.  His word – the Bible – is truth.  I want to be like Jesus, and the monk, who helps people change into something better.

For those reading this, what I believe is exactly what the Bible says and is far removed from Catholicism.  A quick intro can be found here: UPCI.

Power Of Words

Helping articles:

http://lorialexander.blogspot.com/2014/04/only-speak-words-of-life.html

http://lorialexander.blogspot.com/2014/04/teaching-children-how-to-think.html

Words are more powerful than any weapon.  Examples of this power include politics, news, movies, teachers, parents, peers, and music.  It is not the weapons of war one has to fear, but the words that one listens to.

What is a weapon?  What is a loaf of bread?  Without words, they are nothing but objects.  The objects themselves can be anything and have no meaning to the observer.  Words are what make the loaf of bread tasty and desirable, and the weapon dangerous and evil.  Yet those same objects could be changed and morphed into a completely different perception with just a few words.

Words also change this listener, the one spoken to.  Giving derogatory names has a psychologically damaging effect.  Applying derogatory statements of fact is even more damaging.  “You’re just stupid.”

Words have the most powerful effect on children.  Minds that are developing and are easily molded.  The most valuable physical treasure in this mortal realm; the most fought over, the most destroyed, and the most killed.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  — Proverbs 18:21

Words can also be used to build, strengthen, and nurture.  Words can also be used on one’s own self.  It is with the power of the audible voice that the universe around us changes – just like with Martin Luther King, Jr.