I saw someone’s tweet today that caught my attention because I could relate to its sentiment.
True story @ work tonite I completely crushed a paper cup out of stress at work & almost threw it away but felt bad for the cup so I used it.
And a few minutes later:
This falls under the same category as me feeling sad after accidentally stepping on an ant, but worse.
I thought I was the only one who ever had these absurd feelings of remorse or pity for inanimate objects, but apparently I’m not.
I remember a couple of years ago, when I was painting my kitchen Kelly green, I accidentally flung some of the paint from my brush all over a small throw pillow that had somehow wound up on the kitchen floor and I’d neglected to pick up and bring to safety. (Don’t…
When I was studying philosophy and religion at UNC Charlotte, we spent a lot of time, as one would expect, on the nature of mankind. My favorite theologian and existentialist was and is Paul Tillich, he had an incredible mind and ability to put the human condition is perspective.
In his work The Courage To Be, Tillich discussed how a loss in the meaning of life causes a plague-like condition of anxiety . He cited courage as the cure. He goes on to discuss how having courage is the strength to go on living a quality existence even when faced with the fact that we all will finally die and may not live with any great purpose. Also, that people will spend their lives living with a huge amount of guilt for not being perfect or good enough.
We have had another mass shooting in the United States and with this tragedy comes questions. How could someone do such a horrible thing? Should we have stronger gun laws? How do we stop these mass shootings? What is going on with people these days? How could a loving God allow such violence?
Unfortunately, there are many painful truths about humankind. One of those facts is the competitive, aggressive and selfish nature that lives inside us.
You can take away guns, knives, ammunition, but you cannot take away the human condition. Where there exists insecurity, there will exist desire. And desire is one of the most powerful forces in man. It can launch a person into space and it can kill another for $25.
It is the condition in which we exist. It is the condition in which we will always exist. It is an inescapable fact of being human.