“The power of words is tremendous, and if a word like “righteous” can be corrupted by making everyone who wishes to be righteous into a hypocrite, and to make the very notion of wanting to do right the object of derision, then you can crash the entire system. Yet, there is also an unintended consequence, for our entire civilization is based upon this concept, and you would not only crash the “church”, you would crash Western Civilization itself.”
tildeb says that my faith based beliefs (not evidence and not fact so not reality) make me the problem. He says his belief based beliefs (are evidence and fact so are reality) make him right. So we cannot fix stuff unless I change my faith/belief based beliefs to his.
THAT is “being right”.
Thirty-four years ago this month I became a married man. I agreed to live with the same person for the rest of my life. We were in love and convinced we would make it work. We made each other laugh. We made each other angry. We turned each other on. Oh how we turned each other on! We wanted to live together, create life and be “an item” forever and ever.
And then found in the thirty-four subsequent years how little we knew each other then AND how little that mattered. Indeed had we needed to “be right” (as tildeb requires of me) we would never have got married.
THAT is the difference: being right is inertia … doing right is action.
And Don’s comment created that “KAPOW!!!” moment. And then why phrases like … “an inequality in love” … “love is always the answer” … “love does not need” … “love breaks down fences” … “love can build a bridge” … all resonate inside me like a tuning fork on that “perfect note”.
Love is the action of being and breathing and being and doing and being and growing. Love is a verb. And the same applies to this word “right” as well. Right is the action of being and breathing and being and doing and being and growing. Right is a verb. Just like “love”.
In fact they might “do” the same thing!
Because I can see great good in the bible and love God Soft Hands Jesus. I am in awe of carbon-dating and learn from evolution. I am convinced of global warming and get angry at inequalities in love. I see those in every walk of life, every culture and every country. I sense why Donald Trump prefers twitter to the news media and their incessant focus on “fluff” (which outrages for a second or two) rather than “substance” (which requires time and understanding and demands change of me).
Yet if “being right” is more important than “doing right” …
I learn nothing from the evidence of evolution and psychology, nothing from the experience of marriage and relationship, and nothing of “reality” and how nature fixes itself (no God or no-god required).
So can’t we work all that out together while we fix stuff – because we don’t even need to get married to do right.