A Thought To Sleep On


noun ri-ˈdem(p)-shən : the act, process, or an instance of extrication from or help to overcome something detrimental.

We all have moments (abbreviated and extended) in our lives when we take a turn, or make a decision that has less than favorable repercussions on ourselves directly, and often others directly and/or indirectly. We know we are fallible, and thus should be allowed to pick up the pieces, figure things out, and try again.

What I would like us all to think about is how we provide redemption, or the lack there of, to others in our lives. We get hurt or lose respect for others based largely on their actions, and often times their failure to act. We often credit Christianity with the creation of the “Golden Rule”, and from what I know of the tenets of Christ, this type of ideal figures largely into his teachings. However, the “Golden Rule” predates Christianity by a very large margin. Regardless of this, I bring up the “Golden Rule” because as we want to be treated, so should we treat others. If we want redemption, so should we allow others to seek it from us. Often this is done by recognition of the fact that not one of us is perfect, and so, we make desperate, greedy, selfish, immature, and rash decisions, only to regret them later.

How would you offer redemption to another? How would you seek redemption? My opinion is redemption, much like forgiveness, is offered up not only to free another from the dogma of guilt, but to free ourselves from the burden of grudge and judgement. Some would argue that there are those that are unworthy of redemption or forgiveness. I agree that it is every person’s right to withhold these acts from others. I wonder though, what is the real cost of this to each side?

The next time you look in the mirror, and address your “angry 11s, or reach for the bottle of Tums, or refill anti-anxiety/anti-depression medication, ask yourself if you might feel better by offering up this selfless act. Remember, this is as much for you as it is for others.

This is the first in a series of reoccurring topics that I will occasionally insert into my blog. Stay tuned for more philosophical questions asked right here on Creatively Modified Behavior

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