Things Worth Pondering

 


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"What steals the heart steals the soul."
The poet, author

"Sense comes with age, but seemingly not with
the ages."
The poet, author

“Political correctness knows neither humour
nor charity.”
The poet, author

"That which many find too hard to believe is often the truth in unfamiliar clothing.”
 The poet, author

"By what do we gauge anything when the unacceptable has become the acceptable?"
The poet, author

"The things that do us the greatest good are often exchanged for the desires that don't."
The poet, author

"A shallow world turns to shallow things."
The poet, author

INTRODUCTION


Yes, things worth pondering.
Any of the articles found below may be added to or enhanced at any time.

"Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared;
but only men of character are trusted."
Source unknown





IF WE DON'T WANT TO MAKE MISTAKES THAT WILL COST US DEARLY, THAT WILL DAMAGE ANY
RELATIONSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH SOMEONE, THAT WILL ENDANGER OURSELVES SOMEHOW,
OR THAT WILL SEE US LED UP THE GARDEN PATH AND POSSIBLY TAKING OTHERS WITH US,
WE SHOULD THOROUGHLY EDUCATE OURSELVES IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE, AND THE EARLIER THIS
IS DONE THE BETTER. 





1.  Why It's LOVE That Works:


Because it’s never a threat.
Because it softens rather than hardens.
Because it thinks the best and not the worst.
Because it’s open and not closed.
Because it’s trustworthy and dependable.
Because it listens rather than talks.
Because it soothes and not troubles.
Because it heals and not wounds.
Because it encourages and inspires.
Because it’s gentle and not rough.
Because it’s sensitive and not thoughtless.
Because it’s a giver and not a taker.
Because it’s truthful and wise.
Because its focus is outward and not inward.
Because it’s patient, tolerant, flexible, compassionate, merciful and forgiving.
Because it seeks to reconcile.
Because it’s graciously forgetful, a present help, a forward thinker and believer.



2.  Where The Rubber Meets The Road:


Mercy can’t develop without the undeserving.
Forgiveness can’t develop without the violator.
Tolerance can’t develop without the provoker.
Patience can’t develop without the irritator.
Courage can’t develop without the intimadator.
Growth can’t develop without the challenger.
Perseverance can’t develop without the frustrating.
Endurance can't develop without the testing.
And acceptance can’t develop without the spoiler.



3.  Some Plain Sense:


If it’s wrong to do something, don’t do it.
If people aren’t loving, make sure you are.
If you don’t like hypocrites, don’t be one.
If you want good kids, be a good parent.
If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it.
If you’ve been given good advice, use it.
If you’ve made a mistake, admit it.
If you can’t change what’s done, accept it.
If you don’t like arguments, don’t create one.
If you’ve been hurt or wronged, don’t wallow in it.
If you want a long life, don’t shorten it.
If you don’t want trouble, don’t invite it.
If you don’t like bigotry, make sure that your mind is open.
If you’ve learnt the hard way, don’t go there again.
If you want forgiveness, prove your contriteness.
If you don’t like the state of the world, do what you can to improve it.
If some risk may cost, make sure you can handle the cost.
If you can’t get someone to see sense, let them live with the consequences.
If you want people to treat you well, make sure that you treat them well.



4.  Right From The Cradle:


Instil in your child not only respect for others (and indeed all living things), but the preciousness of human life.
Teach your child to view any kind of violence or abuse with contempt.
Help your child to take pride in them self.
Cultivate in your child an open, enquiring mind.
Teach your child to be lawful and to show due respect to authority figures (who, despite some misusing their position, are there for good reason).
Help your child discover the joy of giving, sharing and helping.
Give your child sound principles and standards to live by.
Teach your child that all are equal (regardless of rank, race or gender).
Help your child to remain the individual they are.
Teach your child to look for the best in everyone.
Help your child appreciate the differences in others.
Help your child reach their full potential.
Praise your child regularly and be generous with affection.
Help your child see the counter productiveness of selfishness and wrong doing.
Teach your child that looking after their health will not only lead to longevity and less pain, but that they’ll thereby be lesser a burden on others and will spare them self the embarrassment of certain medical procedures.
Cultivate in your child a desire for what’s wholesome, beautiful and beneficial.
Teach your child to be fair, patient, tolerant, impartial and compasionate.
Help your child to show thought and care for those who’re less fortunate in any way.
Help your child become self-sufficient but not afraid to ask for help.
Teach your child to be honest, transparent and a seeker of truth.
Teach your child to stand up for what they believe in, regardless of ridicule or loss.
Teach your child to keep promises and agreed times and places.
Teach your child the value of a good work ethic.
Help your child see the value in wisdom and sense.
Teach your child the thoughtfulness of etiqette.
Teach your child to think deeply, study well, and research widely.
Teach your child to look after things and to also respect what belongs to others.
Put in place certain boundaries that your child is not to cross without consequences.
Help your child realise that challenges are good for us, and that adversity handled well leads to growth.
Teach your son to be sensitive to a female's needs, and to also be protective of her.
Teach your daughter to be savvy regarding males who aren't as they seem, or who've selfish or ill intent.
And lastly, and above all, BE LOVE'S EXAMPLE.



5.  Real People:


Think for themselves.
Say what they think-cum-call a spade a spade.
Aren’t afraid to show their feelings-cum-bare their soul.
Are no one but themselves and in every way.
Choose their own path.
Follow no one.
Do their own research and study.
Check things out for themselves.
Shoulder blame.
Accept due criticism.
Admit their failures and failings.
Learn from their mistakes.
Are receptive and open to change.
Ask for help.
Listen to advice.
Rise to the occasion.
Speak out and stand up.
Refuse to retaliate or stoop to ill.



6.  When It Comes To Your:


Life — value, seize and enhance it;
Mind — guard, edify and arm it;
Heart — cleanse, soften and open it;
Soul — beautify, enrich and deepen it;
Body — protect, maintain and tend it;
Passions — filter, refine and control them;
Desires — examine, temper and ennoble them;
Diet — lessen, balance and improve it;
Beliefs — test, weigh and review them;
Trials — accept, bear and surmount them;
Wealth  — share, share and share it;
Marriage — nourish, honour and defend it;
Partner — love, respect and uplift them;
Children — praise, guide and hug them;
Family — treasure, contact and support them;
Others — befriend, help and benefit them.



7.  Truth


Something that’s often only wanted when it suits.
Something that’s always demanded of others.
Something that’s often embellished or skimped on.
Something that’s often not seen or appreciated until it’s too late.
Something that’s often dismissed because of unbelief.
Something that’s quickly going out of fashion.
Something that’s apparently up to the individual.
Something that lies deny.
Something that many don’t want to face up to.
Something that one’s likely to be attacked for.
Something that often doesn’t have a chance.
Something that often comes out of the mouths of babes.
Something that has a way of coming out in the end.
Something that falsehood has it in for.



8.  Some Things That Young People Need To Know:


And that is,

That though we might be convinced otherwise, we really don’t know what we truly want until past those tender years.
That parents can be the victims of their background too, and why understanding is called for.
That though the years seem to pass slowly when we’re young, they rush when we’re older.
That asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness, because it takes courage.
That wisdom is predominantly found where there’s older heads.
That though authority figures may err, they’re there for good reason.
That one gets out of life what one puts into life.
That disappointment and pain are either our servant or master.
That you should treat the elderly with respect and thought, because one day you’ll be elderly too.
That someone you treat rudely or badly could turn out to be a possible future employer, father-in-law, benefactor, neighbour, surgeon or judge, say.
That welfare is a hand-up, not a La-Z-Boy recliner.
That where it counts, appearance matters.
That education opens more doors and opportunities.
That bullies have it coming to them.
That drugs are a waste of money, the equivalent of a hacker, a cruel master, and a potential danger to both you and others.
That it’s never smart to follow the herd.
That showing off has a way of backfiring.
That your worth isn’t decided by others.
That your future health is largely determined by the way you treat it now.
That trouble always follows folly.
That trust only comes with responsibility.
That racing hormones are cause for caution.
That it’s not about looks or brains, but what you do with what you’ve got.



9.  Five Rules Worth Observing:


Stay inside the law.
Steer clear of troublemakers.
Never raise a hand to anyone.
Don't fight fire with fire.
Don't say something that isn't true.



10.  Too Many People:


Take rather than give,
Hoard rather than share,
Mourn rather than accept,
Rush rather than wait,
Drift rather than plan,
Speak rather than listen,
Accuse rather than check,
Argue rather than debate,
Fume rather than say,
Hinder rather than help.
Force rather than encourage,
Knock rather than praise,
Hate rather than love,
Frown rather than smile,
Complain rather than rejoice,
Shuffle rather than stride,
Follow rather than lead,
Lord rather than serve,
Slumber rather than watch,
Recline rather than act,
Buckle rather than stand.



11.  A Very Short But Intriguing Dictionary:


Truth
Something that many choose to bend, stretch, ignore or refute.
Compromise
Something that's often applied where it shouldn’t be.
Falsehood
Something that nowadays is commonplace.
Evidence
Something that is sometimes planted or manufactured.
Folly
Something that plagues humanity.
Liberty
Something that when exchanged for security inevitably ensures slavery.
Privacy
Something that modern technology laughs at.
Discipline
Something that’s often missing when it’s called for.
Virtue
Something that gets in the way of what many like to bare.
Wisdom
Something that only the wise and hindsight truly appreciate.
Wealth
Something that only a minority know of.
Criticism
Something that’s seldom desired but often warranted.
Taste
Something that has as much to do with the head as it does the tongue.
Justice
Something that people either long for or dread.
Loyalty
Something that often has a used by date attached.
Humbleness
Something that’s often talked about but seldom practised.
Pride
Something that some have too little of and others too much of.
Praise
Something that's too often showered on those who really aren't deserving of it.
History
Something that's often repeated.
Maturity
Something that doesn't always come with age.



12.  Eighteen Ways To Limit Trouble And Problems In Your Life:


Show respect for authority.
Don’t upset people pointlessly.
Don’t retaliate.
Don’t act recklessly.
Don’t try to please everyone.
Don't cut corners.
Think before you speak or act.
Choose the right time and place.
Choose your friends carefully.
Walk away from a fight.
Avoid potential trouble spots.
Use protective gear where advisable.
Drive defensively.
Follow instructions.
Mind your own business.
Don't come between a man and his wife.
Only use a credit card when you’ve money to cover your purchase.
Never show off.



13.  Life:


You’ve been born.
This is fact and reality.
You either making the best or worst of it.
This world’s an opportunity.
You either running with it or fighting it.
Your lifespan is limited; too short to mess up or mess around with.
Either you’re in charge or fate is.
Right doing your friend.
Wrong doing your foe.
Foolishness and recklessness shortening.
Sense and care lengthening.
A positive attitude an advantage.
A negative attitude robbing and hindering.
Initiative encouraging success.
Thoughtfulness guaranteeing returns.
Friendliness opening doors.
A smile attracting.
A frown repelling.
Healthy living warding off illness.
Contentment and acceptance ensuring peace.
Forgiveness healing.
Revenge sure to kick back.
Anger destructive.
A good sense of humour easing things.
A purpose giving meaning to life.
Vanity setting you up.
Brawling a waste of time.
An open mind a blessing.
A closed mind a curse.
Sense an asset.
Wisdom worth its weight in gold.
Observation enlightening.



14.  Eight Keys:


The key to life is attitude.
The key to success is perseverance.
The key to marriage is commitment.
The key to youthfulness is humour.
The key to health is diet.
The key to happiness is self forgetfulness.
The key to growth is receptiveness.
The key to learning is attentiveness.



15.  Here's Another Way Of Saying Things:


Push LOVE and TRUTH out the door and in skips
coldness, darkness, falsehood, deception, treachery and hopelessness.
Push LAW and BOUNDARIES out the door and in skips
anarchy, evil, corruption, villainy, insolence and contempt.
Push MORALS and PRINCIPLES out the door and in skips
depravity, degeneracy, thoughtlessness, dishonourableness, scandal and shame.
Push COMPASSION and MERCY out the door and in skips
insensitivity, callousness, unfairness, abuse, cruelty and injustice.
Push WISDOM and SENSE out the door and in skips
folly, error, misfortune, hurt, injury and regret.
Push ETIQUETTE and THOUGHTFULNESS out the door and in skips
rudeness, cheek, disrespect, offence, unsophistication and embarrassment.
Push CHARITY and KINDNESS out the door and in skips
selfishness, miserliness, greed, indifference, hardheartedness and meanness.
Push TRANSPARENCY and HONESTY out the door and in skips
crookedness, skulduggery, deceit, pretence, lies and fraudulence.



16.  Given The Future That We're Facing:


And any coming global economic collapse, here's some sound advice.

Avoid taking on debt of any sort.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Live simply.
Don’t get too used to comfort.
Learn to rough it and go it alone at times.
Focus on needs and not desires.
Don’t automatically believe all you hear, read or even see.
Accumulate little except that which might stand you in good stead.
Mind who you put your trust in and don’t expect.
Be as prepared as you can be for changes, situations and disappointments.
Avoid unnecessary risks and stress.
Don’t do anything unlawful.
Keep your body free of injurious substances that could result in impairment and expense.
Avoid following the crowd and any single individual.
Remember that your savings aren’t actually in the bank and that they could be withheld at any moment.
Avoid business partnerships and unhealthy relationships.
Get the right balance when it comes to work, rest, play and family.
Be active in the promotion of rights and less governmental control.
Don’t waste or trash what you may have cause to regret later on.
Look after what you have so that it lasts longer and has more resale value and that as a result will cost less to repair or replace.
Make sure your decisions and choices are the right ones.
Exercise routine benevolence for what goes around comes around.
Treat everyone as if one day you’ll be dependant on their compassion or mercy.
Lose yourself in some worthy cause.
Invest in a not too expensive hobby.
Appreciate what blessings you have while you still have them.
And learn to appreciate and enjoy the little things in life.



17.  Reasons:


For Caring

Caring shows that we have a heart and a conscience.
The greatest happiness and satisfaction comes from losing ourselves in others.
Every human via their very being is precious, and worthy of time, effort and love.
We’re all linked by origin and lineage; we’re one big family.
We’re all suffering in one way or another.
We all know how easy it is to err, and that many are paying terribly for their error.
Caring will place us on the side of right, light, and hope.
What goes around comes around. In other words: If we don’t show care towards others, care may not come our way when we need it.
Pulling together is the only way we can improve the lot of humanity, cut back the damage we’ve done to our planet, and lessen damage in future.
We’re all in the same boat (Earth), are facing the same apocalyptic scenario, and time wise have the same narrow window.
Caring means that less people will feel neglected, which can translate to less anger, crime and assaults.

For Taking Care

Our lives are only capable of lasting a certain length of time. By not taking care of ourselves we might decrease that period.
By not taking care of ourselves we might suffer from miserable health problems, and at an earlier age, and as a consequence, for a longer period of time.
By not taking care of ourselves we might create unnecessary problems or misery for our loved ones, affecting their quality of life.
By not taking care of ourselves we might add to the already overtaxed medical system and budget blowouts depriving others (even ourselves) of assistance when it’s needed.
By not taking care of ourselves we might add to the already stretched and under funded organisations (and resources) involved in attending to us, such as search and rescue.
Overusing and mistreating any organ or member unnecessarily, or sustaining unnecessary injuries (via the likes of certain sports, fun activities, etc), might see us pay a price that may well out weigh the pleasure we get.
By not taking care of ourselves we might be less well off financially due to certain expenses incurred, be that due to doctor or dentist visits, travel expenses, etc.
By not taking care of ourselves we might influence others who’ll possibly suffer similar woes, adding to the burdens their loved ones and society have to bear.
By not taking care of ourselves, or in general, we might display a lack of wisdom and common sense that portrays us poorly.
By not taking care of ourselves, we might also show a recklessness and disregard for others that could leave them suffering, and once again, such not saying much of us.
By not taking care of ourselves we may not be able to do certain things any more that we currently love doing.

For Being Yourself

It’s being yourself that makes you very special, the unique person that you are.
The world will be all the less for you hiding behind someone else, because such stifles your individuality.
We can never be someone else no matter how hard we try.
Trying to be someone else may upset that person you’re trying to be.
Everyone is human, faulty, has their own issues, uses the bathroom! So don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re no better or worse.
Trying to be someone else leads to confusion, emotional illness and stress.
Trying to be someone else is somewhat acting dishonestly, deceitfully.
You might disappoint those who like you the way you are.
Not being yourself holds you back from contributing in your own unique way.
No matter how little you think of yourself it won’t alter your value. Your worth is based on your very existence.

For Putting Others First

Because when we don’t put others first we display that sad behaviour that’s always been a curse to humanity.
Because when we secure the rights of others we secure our own.
Because what goes around comes around — a seemingly invisible law. Thus we may not be thought of.
Because such beautifies one’s character
Because that special inner feeling that comes from such can’t be experienced by other means.
Because if there is a God (as I believe), and our destiny is largely decided by our selfishness or selflessness, it would behove us to.
Because it sets an example that can only but prove a blessing.
Because it rights rather than wrongs.
Because we never know whether that person that we don't put first may be a future employer, benefactor, father-in-law, etc, and what then?
Because there's no better way to be loved or well thought of, not that such should be the motivation.



18.  Could This Pertain To You?:


When he was young,

He wasted precious time and now he has little time left.
He indulged and neglected his body and now it’s paining, preventing and costing.
He played around and now he's infectious.
He filled his head with rubbish and now it’s really messing with him.
He sneered at education and now he's wishing he had a better job.
He didn’t give his parents much thought and now they’ve gone.
He didn’t give much thought to others and now they’re not giving much thought to him.
He mistreated many and now what has gone around has come around.
He didn’t choose his partner wisely and now his thoughts and eyes are elsewhere.
He didn’t raise his children well and now he's visiting a penitentiary.
He pursued the reckless and extreme and now he's a burden his loved ones have to bear.
He sought the selfish and unworthy and now he's living with loss of respect and dignity.
He spent his money instead of saving it and now he's dependant on benevolence and charity.
He played the big man but now he's reduced to childlike needs.
He laughed at good advice and now he's giving it.
He laughed at the elderly and soon will be one of them.
He hung around with those who were just like him and why it took him so long to see.
In other words, He foolishly built on sand and now the tide has come in.

O was it her?



19.  Where One Should Speak Out:


Where freedom of expression or civil and religious liberty are under threat.
Where others may be endangered or wrongly influenced.
Wherever there is prejudice, racism and bigotry.
Where someone is being wrongly maligned (bearing in mind that one day that someone could well be you).
Where truth is under attack or injured.
Where an injustice is occurring (and because every injustice ignored sees injustice grow).
Where there is anyone who needs us to speak on their behalf.
Where there is physical or sexual abuse.
Where threats against any life is made.
Where there's corruption and foul play.
Where there's tyranny and oppression.

And,
Because you may not get another opportunity than the one that comes your way.
Because it shows that you have a mind and will of your own, an inner strength.
Because it builds character, courageous muscles.
Because it encourages others to, sets a valuable example.
Because it’s cowardly to not speak out.

Altered and added to on 11 September 2020.



20.  These Will Serve You Well:


An inquiring, questioning and open mind;
A healthy distrust of the modern media;
Little faith in majorities;
A refusal to bow to peer pressure or the herd mentality;
A refusal to idolize or worship anyone;
Personal vigilance and diligence as opposed to trusting in others;
A natural caution when it comes to the ideas and plans of others that somehow impact on lives;
An awareness of the propaganda from vested interests;
A wariness of “signs and wonders”;
A level-headedness and realistic outlook;
Little interest in popularity;
A healthy individualism;
And a sound moral compass.



21.  Keep This In Mind:


That those who’ve an evil agenda, and who do not have your best interests at heart,

Malign anyone and deny anything suggesting or saying otherwise.
Seek to silence opposition, destroy or withhold evidence, remove opportunity and avenues for complaint, and appoint those who will bow to their wishes.
Use circumstances or situations to their advantage.
Make promises they won’t keep.
Make ambiguous statements.
Say things that they know you’ll want to hear.
Avoid answering questions directly.
Twist the truth.
Bend or change the rules, interfere in due process.
Feign ignorance regarding certain underhand activities, or point to anyone or anything rather than themselves.
Hide behind popular causes, religion, positions of authority and institutions.
Create problems behind the scenes that they then profess to have the answers to, thereby receiving approval to implement those answers which further their plans.
Provide fake evidence.
Are often charismatic, influential, wealthy, very educated, or benign seeming.
And usually tell you that they do have your best interests at heart.



22.  Things Worth Thinking About:

That it doesn't pay to harm, neglect or ignore anyone;
That there's far too much in the bowls of a few, and far too little or nothing in the bowls of many;
That no one's inferior because of their race or gender;
That animal cruelty, paedophilia, child and elder abuse, torture, and human trafficking are abominable crimes;
That helping comes before preaching, and empathy before answers;
That we should be slow to condemn and quick to forgive;
That armchair critics should burn their armchairs, and that judging by appearances is a sure way to err;
That there's no shame in being poor, but rather in being pridefully or miserly rich;
That compassion should be coupled with sense, and that there is in fact a time and place to make judgment calls;
That men shouldn’t mistreat women, and that women shouldn’t frustrate men;
That men and women are completely different (hardwired so, and this fact far from being pseudoscience), they two halves that make a whole, and thus are designed to compliment each other, not compete with each other;
That men should keep in mind that hurting their wife or kids is not only unmanly and cowardly, but self defeating;
That pornography is corrupting men, harming women, destroying relationships and families, and increasing crime;
That when it comes to the brain, porn makes it sick, drugs mess it up, booze dumbs it down, and smoking starves it;
That those who needlessly endanger themselves for any kind of pleasure, display a compromised intelligence;
That the path you choose has more to do with the outcome, and that terrorism is nothing but the product of evil;
That bad people oft hide behind good things, that some seen as good are bad, and that some seen as bad are good;
That it never pays to follow pied pipers of any description;
That the unrestricted voice of all should be heard (except where inciting violence);
That liberty is the only security, and that civil and religious liberty should be sacrosanct;
That there's nothing noble about the herd instinct, and that democracy is endangered by mobocracy;
That swinging to the left or right is how one becomes unbalanced;
That many are deceived because they allow others to do their studying and thinking for them;
That the majority have no idea what’s really going on, nor who's behind who or what;
That danger can lie in what we fail to see, and that those who forget the past are bound to repeat it;
That love and truth are paramount, and that we should treasure individuality;
That morals, principles and standards are protective, thoughtful imperatives, hence the need of their return;
That much done in the name of love knows nothing of it, that much done in the name of God knows nothing of Him, and that Christianity and Christendom are two different things.



23.  Despite Society Becoming More Godless:

It's interesting how we hear all and sundry saying the likes of,

Oh my God!     
God forbid.
Honest to God.
God only knows.
Thank God!
God rest her soul.
God bless.
God help us.
God willing.         
I swear to God.
God’s gift to man.
An act of God.
There but for the grace of God.     
I’m praying for a fine day.     
Heavens above!     
Heaven only knows.
For heavens sake!
Heaven sent.
It’s the gospel truth.
God's truth.
We need a miracle.
Baptism by fire.
A blessing in disguise.
Divine retribution.
Divine providence.

Yes, there's still a lot of recognition going on, isn't there.



24.  Near Death Experiences:

Unsure of author.

Anything that takes place during a ‘Near Death Experience’ can happen in ‘real’ life. Period. Anesthesia, pituitary tumors, and too much carbon dioxide, for instance, can all trigger an apparent “out-of-body” experience. The “light at the end of a tunnel” featured in some NDEs, to give another example, can be duplicated by epilepsy, migraines, meditation, and drugs such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline. Even falling asleep triggers this reaction in some people! Under certain conditions the brain reacts in seemingly bizarre, but fairly predictable ways. Frightened, in shock, poisoned by the byproducts of dying cells – under these conditions, is it any wonder dying people see things that are out of the ordinary? Granted, exactly why people see what they do while dying is a mystery, but no more so than why people see what they do while dreaming. The ultimate answer to both questions lies within our skulls – not outside. Proponents of the NDE talk in terms of ‘cosmic unity,’ ‘life force,’ ‘energy balance,’ ‘morphic resonance,’ ‘inner awareness,’ ‘oneness with the universe,’ ‘life energy,’  ‘psychic awakening,’ and other phrases that should be an immediate clue to be wary. These concepts are derivatives of many far eastern religions that have been appropriated in New Age philosophy.



25. It Surely Goes Without Saying, That...


We can hardly speak of...

Peace, and then go warring;
Harmony, and then behave selfishly;
Unity, and then behave divisibly;
Inclusiveness, and then turn our back on others;
Open-mindedness, and then indulge in bigotry;
Fairness, and then act partially;
Tolerance, and then demand conformity.
Better ways, and then continue in the same old ways;
Truth, and then lie and mislead, or propagate falsehood;
Love, and then indulge in hatred;
Kindness, and then indulge in cruelty;
Compassion, and then display indifference;
Mercy, and then act selectively;
Forgiveness, and then hold a grudge;
Justice, and then hurt and punish the innocent;
Integrity, and then indulge in compromise;
Principles, and then embrace the “end justifies the means.”
Standards, and then laugh at morality;
Transparency, and then act behind the scene.
Rights, and then walk over any;
Lawfulness, and then try to get away with things;
Respect, and then sneer at authority;
Responsibility, and then act recklessly;
Privacy, and then interfere with such;
Freedom of expression, and then restrict it;
Freedom and liberty, and then impinge on them;
A clean, green planet, and then indulge in fouling it;
Enlightenment, and then engage in darkness;
The moral high-ground, and then operate from the immoral low-ground;
Christianity, and then act un-Christ-like — otherwise, we’re simply hypocrites who twist and bend things to suit, and will never rise any higher than the level we choose.



26. Think About It


If we don’t want a CALLOUS, INSENSITIVE society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of VIOLENCE, CRUELTY, ROUGHNESS, GORE, HARSHNESS, COLDNESS, PUT DOWNS.
If we don’t want a SEX-CRAZED society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of PORN, PROMISCUITY, LUST, SEXINESS, SEDUCTION, ADULTERY.
If we don’t want a PHYCOTIC society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of DOPE, PARTY PILLS.
If we don’t want a DISTURBED society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of HORROR, the GOULISH or MACABRE.
If we don’t want a NARCISSISTIC society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of VAIN IMAGES, EGOTISM.
If we don’t want a LAWLESS society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of REBELLIOUSNESS, DESTRUCTIVENESS.
If we don’t want an UNHEALTHY society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of JUNK FOOD, ALCOHOL, CIGARETTES.
If we don’t want a FOOLISH society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of RECKLESSNESS.
If we don’t want an UNINTELLIGENT society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of TRASH.
If we don’t want a SELFISH society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of MUST HAVES, ME things, THOUGHTLESSNESS.
If we don’t want a PARANOID society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of THRILLERS, CRIMES.
If we don’t want a FEARFUL society, we should feed folk a diet of WARS, MAYHEM, ANACHY, CALAMITIES, HATE.
If we don’t want a CARELESS society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of THROWAWAYS, POLLUTANTS.
If we don’t want a DEBASED society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of DEBAUCHERY, CRUDITY, FOUL LANGUAGE.
If we don’t want a DEVILISH society, we shouldn’t feed folk a diet of OCCULT practices.
If we don’t want a HOPE-LESS, society, we shouldn’t feed folk the theory of EVOLUTION.

Ops! There goes the TV again.



27. Now


Now that the world is appearing to fall apart,
That we’re finding that certain men weren’t good from the start,
That the world’s being run by those behind the scene,
That whistleblowers are often turning up another revealing bean,
That violators are found in every profession,
That sex has become an all-time obsession,
That martial relationships are no longer forever,
That silly and reckless acts are now seen as clever,
That lawlessness, crime and violence are continually rising,
That the obscene, foul, disgusting and offensive are no longer surprising,
That living together has become akin to, and as common as, trying on shoes,
That there’s a scarcity of rightful don’ts and a proliferation of wrongful dos,
That pornography and drugs are both billion dollar industries,
That television has become a visual sewer that the masses seems to please,
That much is in the hands of a few and little in the hands of the rest,
That things that suit are being put above what’s right and best,
That hope is giving way to anxiety and doubt,
That suicide has become popular as a way out,
That freedom of expression and liberty are under attack,
That customer service has become more sullen and slack,
That women are becoming more objectified,
That immorality has become a badge that’s worn with pride,
That sexual diseases have grown at an alarming rate,
That paedophilia and incest aren’t concerned about any gate,
That men marrying men and women marrying women is looked upon as progression,
That disfiguring ones body is simply seen as personal expression,
That principles and standards are no longer in vogue,
That moviegoers seem more in love with the rogue,
That pollution is at an all-time high,
That wars are common and those starving children that die,
That appetites have lost sight of discipline,
That it’s harder to spot the difference between the feminine and masculine,
That cruelty to others gives many a buzz,
That anything goes and anything does,
Will we look beyond this Earth and trust in God rather than man,
And fall into line with His will and plan?



28. Unpleasant Truth


Before we pat ourselves on the back:

If we withhold from someone that which is rightfully theirs, or deprive them of something that they should get, then we're a THEIF.

If we don’t back someone up when we know that they're right but under siege, then we're a COWARD.

If we hate someone for some reason, and wish they were dead, then we're a closet MURDERER.

If we promise someone something and then don’t deliver when we were capable of doing so, then we're a LIAR.

If we treat someone badly, poorly or indifferently because of their beliefs, then we're a BIGOT.

If we're unfaithful to our spouse after the exchange of our wedding vows, then we're a TRAITOR.

If we listen in to someone's private conversations, then we're a SPY.

If we tell other people things about someone that aren’t very nice and that aren't necessary, then we're a malicious GOSSIPER.

If we only give others compliments and refrain from saying what might upset but what’s really best, then we're a PEOPLE PLEASER.

If we attempt to manipulate, dominate or control someone, then we're a TYRANT.

If we attempt to take from someone that which we've no right without their permission, then we're a PIRATE.

If we hurt someone by doing that which isn’t fair or kind, then we're a BULLY.

If we get delight from cruelly teasing someone, we're a SADIST.

If we tread on someone, or wrongly discredit them, in order to get ahead of them, then we're an ENEMY.

If we try to convince someone of something that we know isn’t true, then we're a DECEIVER.

If we try to convince someone that we’re a certain way when we’re not, we’re a CON-MAN

If we seek some of the glory that belongs to someone else, we’re a POACHER.

If we tell others intimate details about our past relationship with someone, we’re a CAD.

If we make someone's life miserable via our selfish behaviour, we're a TORTURER.

If we recklessly or negligently bring troubles into someone's life, then we're a SABOTEUR.

If we gain what someone else would've got if we hadn’t acted underhandedly, then we're a CHEAT.

Well, effectively, that is.



29. What Have You Chosen To Be?

The prisoner of your background?
The hostage of your thoughts?
The slave of your passions?
The instrument of your folly?
The chaser of your troubles?
The dresser of your problems?
The minder of your grievances?
The nurser of your wounds?
The victim of your past mistakes?
The casualty of your ignorance?
The stooge of your mirror?
The depository of someone’s trash?
The owner of someone’s lies?
The wearer of someone’s propaganda?
The puppet of other hands?
The servant of abusers?
The plaything of users?
The soft-touch of takers?
The pawn of manipulators?
The follower of pied pipers?
The captive of the majority?

Or none of these?



30. Some Things Life Has Shown Me

That it’s better to expect little than much.
That it’s not about the length of one’s life but the breadth and depth of it.
That little things can bother folk more than big things.
That those with more money are less generous than those with less money.
That promises often metamorphose into lies.
That the theory of evolution has given man all the reasons he needs for his evil.
That those who think they know what’s best often don’t.
That there’s enough food for all but that much of it is wasted, misused or over indulged in.
That this world is not overpopulated but just areas of crowded land.
That hypocrites aren’t only in the Church.
That those who call a spade a spade are more honest than those who bow to being politically correct.
That those with agendas are often found sporting sheep’s clothing.
That life has a habit of returning what folk dish out.
That the differences between the sexes are what makes the difference.
That children always know better than their parents until they’re parents themselves.
That adrenaline junkies have a shorter lifespan.
That not all food is worthy of being called such.
That the majority are more often wrong than right.
That what many find impossible to believe is actually the case.
That much carried out in God’s name has nothing to do with God but man.
That people seldom want to hear what they need to know.
That it’s usually better to wait than rush.
That not all that we’re told is good for us actually is.
That a preoccupation with sex is less a preoccupation and more an obsession.
That creatures have as much right to life as we.
That practical jokes have a tendency to backfire.
That it’s not marriage that’s the problem but either partner.
That what’s done to children they inevitably inflict on society.
That every government’s power should be lessened rather than strengthened.
That quality is more important than quantity.
That television is a threat to every family and a hole in the dyke of many.
That some things don’t improve with each generation.
That it’s better to make the best of the worst.
That it’s better to live as though there is a day of reckoning than to not do so and discover that there actually is.
That it’s wiser not to pursue what simply wastes time.
That more joy is found in living for others than for one’s self.
That another’s love isn’t gained by force nor retained by restriction.
That it’s not what you’ve got but what you do with what you’ve got.
That acceptance and contentment are one’s best friends.
That it’s better to learn from the mistakes of others than our own.
That it’s best to let all say whatever they want to lest we be prevented from saying whatever we want to.
That mothers and fathers are just as much a product of their background, and why children should display as much toleration as they desire for themselves.
That violence is the behaviour of fools, bullies and cowards.
That pride gets in the way of too many relationships.
That suicide is terribly cruel to those who’re left behind.
That religion and politics are the worst of bedfellows.
That too many confuse Christendom with Christianity.
That freedom and liberty are the lifeblood of humanity.
That morality is designed to protect rather than restrict.
That forgiveness enriches those who forgive.
That there’s more to history than meets the eye.
That it’s purpose that gives life meaning.
That one only gets as good as the amount one pays.
That those who have the confidence don’t always have the ability.
That the cost of a funeral adds insult to injury.
That the money many spend on weddings would be better spent on marriage guidance seminars.
That many who think they’re good at something, aren’t, and that many who think they aren’t, are.
That retaliation is an infantile act that just feeds the proverbial merry-go-round.
That the signs-of-the-times are getting more urgent.



31. Why Indeed, Dad


Is marriage a bad thing, Dad, and a life-long commitment to such?
No, son, but now we’ve decided to just live together, and when we tire of someone we’re living with, or don’t want to put further effort into resolving any disagreements we have with them, we up and leave.

Is romance a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, it’s just that we now prefer to cut to the chase, sort of thing — in other words, indulge in sexual intimacy straight up.

Is modesty a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we’re into the sexy, thus flaunting has become common fare and the sexual a favourite pastime.

Is morality a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we’re into promiscuity, one night stands, porn, baring it all, hard out swearing and crudity.

Is selflessness a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we’ve become more focussed on “me,” “mine” and self preservation.

Is generosity a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we prefer to accumulate as much as possible for ourselves, are more sceptical of cries for help, and have many reasons for why we can’t.

Is responsibility a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we’re into reckless pursuits, extreme sports, and have really taken to sowing wild oats.

Is thoughtfulness a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we haven’t got much time for such.

Is mercy a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we prefer to strike back, forgo second chances, not forgive, and want prisons tougher and sentences longer.

Is integrity a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we’ve learnt to compromise and thus bend to suit the situation or whatever suits in general.

Is going to church a bad thing, Dad, and reading the Bible?
No, son, but now we’ve turned churches into entertainment centres, are into anything that makes us “feel” spiritual, and read whatever we prefer instead.

Is Christianity a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we don’t feel the same need of such, and prefer the idea of having evolved out of nothing rather than having been created.

Is there anything wrong with beautiful melodies and songs, Dad?
No, son, but now we’re into heavy and constant beat, wild guitars, rap, metal this and acid that, love to belt out songs rather than croon, and prefer to use music as an outlet for our anger, complaints, grievances, etc.

Is healthy living a bad thing, Dad?
No, son, but now we’ve taken eating, drinking and being merry to a whole new level, have a ferocious appetite for drugs, and also stimulants that allow us to push our bodies.

Are we better off, Dad?
I don’t think so, son.
Then why the change, Dad?
Why indeed, son.



32. More To Think About


We kill the inconvenient unborn;
We go for the death penalty because it suits our desire for the ultimate revenge;
We kill in anger or as plotted;
We kill creatures to satisfy our lust for flesh food;
We kill creatures simply for sport;
We do atrocious experiments on animals, and until they die;
We torture our enemies as we would not have them do unto us;
We kill via mindless intoxication;
We deludedly or cunningly kill in the supposed name of God;
We kill whoever we consider the enemy;
We effectively kill in our mind;
We bully someone until they take their life;
We view Euthanasia as a blessing;
and we call this progress?

We’ve dumped marriage until death do us part in favour of living together until boredom or problems arise;
We’ve given prostitution the green light;
We’ve given going to church the flick;
We’ve become obsessed with money and lost in pleasure seeking;
We’ve chosen a nightly diet of violence, sexual debauchery, foul language and stupidity;
We’ve built monuments for the dead while neglecting the living;
We’re searching the heavens for life while taking lives on Earth;
We’ve exchanged freedom for so-called security,
science and medicine for New Age mumbo-jumbo,
wives for mistresses,
love for lust,
truth for lies,
wisdom for folly,
children for lifestyles,
Nature’s healthy supplies for man’s injurious concoctions,
educational books for novels,
modesty for shame,
peace for warring,
restraint for overindulgence,
humbleness for vanity;
kindness for cruelty;
quality for quantity;
charity for greed,
and we call this progress?



33. It's Not Us


It’s not us who revel in weapons and war.
It’s not us who take innocent lives.
It’s not us who rapes, maims and kills.
It’s not us who cruelly experiments and tortures.
It’s not us who deals in deception and propaganda.
It’s not us who seeks to force and silence.
It’s not us who removes liberty and freedom.
It’s not us who seeks to control humanity.
No. It’s always THEM!



34. Is This What The World Has Come To?


Corrupt, agenda driven, left and right swinging politicians.
Rigged elections.
Biased, puppet journalists.
A monopolised news media.
A decrease in civil, religious liberties.
Secret societies.
Imprisoned whistleblowers.
Warmongers.
Bombed hospitals and food convoys.
An apocalyptic arsenal.
Fanatical, bigoted, murdering terrorists.
Racial policemen.
A growing Klu Klux Klan.
Gangs.
Religious charlatans, false prophets and messiahs.
Faithless, power seeking Christians.
Drug enhanced competitors.
Fixed matches.
Millionaire drug lords.
Human traffickers.
Spammers and hackers.
Greedy speculators.
Bogus doctors.
Cowboy builders.
Con-men.
Robberies.
Hollywood fed sex and violence.
Singers, musicians, actors and entertainers who’re more ambassadors for the occult.
Porn on tap.
Cage fighting.
Cyber bullying.
Vivisection torture chambers for experimenting on animals.
Abortion clinics.
Paedophile rings.
Needed women’s refuge and rape crisis centres.
Needed night shelters and rehab clinics.
Errant judges.
Aids.
A toothless United Nations.
A string of Presidents far from the likes of Abraham Lincoln.
Unfit presidential hopefuls with murky, shameful backgrounds.
Riots...



35. Thanks Mum And Dad


“Avoid harmful substances,” you said, which spared me from lung cancer, disgracing myself, messing up my head, and wasting money.

“Show respect for authority,” you said, which spared me from making things harder for myself, and kept me onside with those who could and did benefit me.

“Don’t go breaking the law,” you said, which kept me out of trouble, court and prison.

“Don’t indulge in foolishness,” you said, which spared me from unnecessary pain and problems, and others too, who my foolishness might have impacted on.

"Apply yourself to your schooling,” you said, which spared me from having to take just any old job rather than one I would want and enjoy.

“Always dress tidily and present yourself well,” you said, which left a good impression with others and opened doors that otherwise mightn’t have opened.

“Don’t swear,” you said, which stopped me from offending those who consider such unacceptable and even disgusting.

"Don't be cruel to creatures," you said, which saw me displaying tenderness rather than hardness.

"Think of others," you said, which had me sharing and helping, and thus not acting selfishly.

“Refrain from sex before marriage,” you said, which prevented me from selfishly using females, getting a sexual disease, ending up with an unwanted child and crippling maintenance costs.

“Marriage is for keeps,” you said, so I made sure I chose the right partner, which spared me from a divorce,  disapointment and misery.



36. Some Opposite Viewpoints Worth Seriously Pondering On


Love — Lust
Virginity — Try before you buy.
Courtship — Your place or mine? All's fair in love and war
Till death do us part — Till boredom or issues arise
Faithfulness — Me and Mrs Jones
Loyalty — Kiss and tell
Selflessness — Here, hold the ladder
Benevolence — The more the merrier
Restraint — Eat, drink and be merry
Humbleness — Who's the fairest in the land?
Truth — Whatever people choose to believe
Honesty — If it suits
Compassion — I’m not my brother’s keeper
Lawfulness — What the law doesn’t know….
Rights — Mine for sure
Peace — Where it’s in my interests
Transparency — I won’t say if you won’t say
Responsibility — Who cares? Just do it.
Accountability — You’re to blame
Service — Take it or leave it
Heroism — Every man for himself
Forgiveness — You’ve got to be kidding
Mercy — Dog eat dog
Boundaries — Rules were meant to be broken
Morals — Who says?
Principles — Who’s bothered?
Standards — Whose are they?
Right living — Only if it matters to one
A day of reckoning — Don’t believe in any
A saviour — Don’t believe in one
A guide book — Not interested
Hope beyond the grave — You only live once
Made in the image of God — Evolved from an ape
Here by design — Here by accident
Created for a purpose — No particular reason for one’s existence.
We're all here to help each other — Survival of the fittest

So, which side might best represent you?