There are two schools of thought when it comes to laws. The first – that laws are made to be broken, and the second – that laws were made by man, for man, and as such they must be obeyed. Law-abiding citizens is what the system is after, and it cannot be blamed for that. In a world of seven-odd billion people, what else can hold the masses in check?
Outlaws seem preferable to inlaws in today’s world. Inlaws bring friction, oftentimes, to life. There are too many of them. That is perhaps because marriage has outlived its purpose. This is not bad news. It is good news. It means that there is something valuable in the institution. It has survived itself. Its framework works for many and its infrastructure supports many happy families. This does not mean that marriage is the be-all and end-all, though. It depends on what you believe about unity.
Laws are needed if the world is to make anything worthwhile of its criminals. Everywhere has criminals. This is not out of balance. It gives the laws something to do. The thing about laws, is that the punishments meted out for lawlessness should not only be relevant to the crime committed, they should be serious enough to deter the criminal from ever reoffending. In the first instance, however, lawlessness must be properly defined. It is a broad term. Gayness, for instance, is not lawlessness. Neither is genetic manipulation nor poisoning the environment. It’s a strange world, this.
The bottom line is that it does not matter what you have faith in, as long as you do have faith in something. Perhaps in these fractured times the only thing you feel comfortable having faith in, is yourself. If that is the case, know that that is enough. When you believe in what you can do – in your individual capacity, and as part of a collective – you harness a power that will surprise you with where it can take you, and others. Should you wish to believe in a power higher than yourself (which is all relative, for what you find in yourself is what has existed for centuries in all of the gods, God, Allah, Dreamtime, Nature, etc, feel justified in doing so. You are a reflection of what you find admirable in your chosen deity/deities.) You can believe in more than one deity, if you so choose. All the ‘good’ characteristics that you try to adopt, emulate, exist inside of you already so it matters not which ‘good’ you ultimately choose to follow, it is all the same thing, really. That should be a comforting thought.
Faith means dedication. It means understanding and application. Simply believing in something and trusting its say-so is not enough, you need to do something with your faith. Make it work for you. That is what it is for. Faith is not there to subjugate you, to cripple your progress, so if what you choose to believe in makes you lesser rather than greater as a human being, then perhaps you need to shuffle your belief systems a little, or change your faith.
Faith is a symbol of hope. It keeps you striving for better, going forwards. Faith should have no boundaries, no restrictions. Nor should a person’s faith receive criticism or judgement from another person. You should be able to open wide to the understanding that placing your implicit trust in something is not a weakness. It is a strength. For one reason or another, humans go far further in life when they believe they are supported somehow, by something, in this world. Perhaps what you believe in is not ‘of’ this world, technically, but faith means you know it is out there and it makes a difference to your everyday, the knowing. Faith has extraordinary power, and this power – when properly directed – can change an entire existence.
If you have no support of any sort from any person other than yourself, yours is a very challenging existence. To have the support of another human being, group of human beings, validates your life experience. It is good to know that somebody cares. Know that when you are in need of support, it is best to ask for it. This is not easy for many people – there are a lot of us who find it difficult to ask for help. Occasionally you will come across a person who offers you support without expecting anything in return. This is a precious gift. Receive it with grace if it should come to you.
If you are not feeling particularly useful at the moment, try being supportive to someone. It will make a difference in their life. Instead of standing and watching a person struggling, step in and take their hand. Lift them with a kind word, an observation. Sometimes people just need to know that someone can see their strife. Burdens shared – and face it, we all have burdens to carry – are loads lightened. Be aware of how much support you are prepared to offer. Do not get caught in the trap of becoming someone’s crutch. Taking someone else’s life-load on is not advisable. Not only is it cruel – it takes away the liver’s ability to make decisions that will change their fate – it is counter-productive to your own progress. You do not get anywhere on your life path by trying to bend straight another’s days.
Know that Nature supports you. She supports your every move. She listens, she hears. You should speak aloud your heart’s desires. They are not only for thinking about. They are for realising. Your human nature makes it possible for you to reach and live your dreams. You just have to need them enough. There are many wasted dreams lying in piles of want. Want does not always get. Need doesn’t either, but need drives you harder than want does and this makes success more likely. Make sure you know what you need in your life. Do not accept that your needs are less important than another’s needs. Your wants, yes. They are perhaps less important than the wants of others. Needs need to be met. Make their acquaintance. Take their demands seriously. Show support for their cause.