COMMENTARY 774.2: He Made You

As Lily Tomlin said, “No matter how cynical I get, I can’t keep up.”

Our economy has been shattered by widespread corporate fraud; kids lie, steal, and cheat at unprecedented rates; and their parents beat up each other or referees at youth sports events or supply alcohol to fuel organized hazing. Our confidence in the integrity of journalistic institutions, the accounting profession, stockbrokers, college sports, organized religion, and business in general is continually shaken by a relentless barrage of shameful behavior.

It’s tempting to throw up our hands in despair and surrender to cynicism.

It reminds me of the tale of the pious young man whose car broke down on his way to his place of worship. He had to walk through an area where homeless people huddled against buildings for warmth, alcoholics and mentally ill adults wandered the streets, and crack dealers sold drugs to kids. He was overcome with a sense of despondency and doubt about the power and intentions of God.

“God,” he prayed, “how can you allow all this pain and misery and do nothing?” Receiving no answer, he became frustrated and raised his voice, “Lord, my faith is at issue! How can you allow all this suffering and do nothing?”

Then someone behind him whispered, “He didn’t do nothing. He made you.”

What a profound insight and daunting responsibility it is to realize that you are the instrument of reform, that your courage, compassion, and creativity in your own sphere of influence can set into motion a ripple effect of healing actions and attitudes to make a better world.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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  1. The world can be a horrible place of pain and injustice. The problems are seemingly limitless. Solutions can only be temporary. It will endure though if good men and women continue to work to do all they can to make it a better place. Then we and the wrold will become what we have hoped for.
    Faith is our most powerful instinct. It is the unsupported belief that it is important to do good and what is right. It is our only hope. Faith, no matter how you express it, is how we face the pain and unfairness and always strive to do good when it doesn’t look like there is hope or a reason to struggle on.

    If you want to see entirely new potentials for humanity, glance at where the link above takes you. I see the world changing. Humans are in crisis. I worked for over three decades to try to find a solution. My talents include genetics, ecology and cybernetics. I wanted to find new strategies, a new niche for humans to survive in long term. What I found was more amazing than I imagined. Humans have the potential for an incredible future… one that we have aspired to without understanding what it was or if it was even possible. I think I found a path to it.
    Regards, Mike

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