Grace To Be Trusted . . . .
(The following was written in another period when we worried whether our democracy would endure, with the lack of moral courage and steel spines apparent. Unquestionably, with knowledge vested, Speaker Pelosi has shown the example of behavior required of each of us.)
It is impossible to live or continue to live with a philosophy that covers one’s personal life and not one’s public life. To have it cover one and not the other is asking the observer to believe a portion and to close out the other as not applicable.
The dichotomy will rear itself. It is illogical to say that my philosophy applies here but not there. It is impossible to continue to live outside one’s root assumption.
Hiding beneath the obligatory assumptions is the aphorism which tells the child to do as I say and not as I do. It is excusing oneself as the adult human and expecting the children to assume divine obligations. It is a humungous lie and ought to drive the parent, the politician, the teacher, those in power positions to knees asking forgiveness.
There is not a one among the huge numbers who has not been pressed against the wall, to demand of self behavior a higher moral order. It is not that we know what not to do, it is telling those trusting us that better behavior is expected.
There will be times when pressures will be hard driven upon us where we know our behavior will be questionable and we will tell ourselves that for the greater good we are doing whatever we must.
How to face the child or student when questioned that hopefully in the future explanations of this nature will not stand to be looked upon as the best that the human could deliver.
Do we expect more of our leaders, of our parent gods, or our teachers? We do. And we must. We must have the perfection of individuals to push against. We must have our goads so that we will test ourselves against what we know will be testing us at some future point.
Some may be too young in chronological years to form this thought, but intuitively we know that at some point we will be pressed to show our divine nature as opposed to our very human one. And we will have been shown how to discipline ourselves to deserve the vote of promise that we receive.
We will have demonstrated the spinal fortitude that holds us upright and shows those who have placed their trust in us that we deserve their confidence. Because we have chosen to fight the battle on the same ground as they have we will show . . . .
that the Grace that upholds us all is to be trusted.