The Devil did not make us do it. We chose to succumb to temptation. We made the choice.
Everything in life is based on the choices we make. Too many people rationalize their decisions and do not take responsibility for the choices they make. Playing the victim and blaming society has become an art form.
It’s annoying to watch so many people avoid accountability for their decisions. Rioting and looting is acceptable because the law breakers come from a disadvantaged household. Illegally entering our country is fine because they are escaping oppression. Stealing must be understood instead of prosecuted.
Bull. There are only so many Jean Valjeans in this world.
The good news is we inevitably must face our decisions. As Billy Joel once opined, it is only a matter of time before the fun falls through and the rent comes due. There is no escaping that fate. It doesn’t matter how long you live because it won’t amount to the time you spend dead. And, as Kerry Livgren writes: “forever is a long time to spend agony.”
Depending on your religious convictions there is some sort of comeuppance at the end of your life. There are always going to be extenuating circumstances to the decisions we make but I do not think victimization will work when faced with our final judgement.
I suspect it won’t matter what kind of car we drove while alive. I think the barometer will be how many people we drove that did not have transportation. I don’t think it matters what clothes we wear but rather how many people we clothed that were in need.
I doubt the entrance exam is going to ask how big or fancy our house was but it may ask how many people we welcomed into our home. I do not think it matters how many times we were right more than how many times we did the right thing.
I don’t think our fancy job titles or the money we make will amount to anything. I think whether we compromised our principles to attain the title and money will. In fact, I do not think our earthly job titles matter in the afterlife more than how we did those jobs.
Having a large list of friends in social media is great but I think being a real friend is more important. We put a lot of emphasis on which neighborhood we live in but I think being a good neighbor matters more.
Does skin color, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation matter more than the content of our character? Fancy weddings last a day; good marriages last a lifetime. Having a family is good, being a part of a family is better.
Governments cannot legislate human behavior. Scientists cannot artificially create a human soul. Let them enjoy the glory of the moment because the reality of life is right around the corner.
In the end, it is all about the choices we make.