Objectivity versus Emotional Response

We’ve all been through deaths, illnesses and terrible tragedies in life. Some, more than others. My losses of family and friends have been huge. They include not only my mother and father but one of my brother;s, a cousin who was my best friend most of my life and dear friends who made a difference in my life. In the 70’s I handled corpses and I also had business failures.

What made a difference in my ability to handle all of this was my faith. No one can describe what God’s touch is but you know it when you feel it. It is very personal and very caring. It uplifts as no friend or psychiatrist can. What I got out of all of this is an objectivity to life. An acceptance of death and an assurance that, if I stayed upright and true, I would see the other side. This is what has gotten me through.

When my son developed cancer it was but another hurdle. I was emotional as a father could be but, at the same time, I had faith that my son would make it through. How I knew this I cannot say. The fact that he is alive and has a family today is a blessing which I cannot describe.

Why am I writing this? I am writing this to let you know that God is real. also, to let you know that those who ask, “Why would God let this happen?” are missing the crux of life. Life comes with no guarantee. That sounds like a bromide but it needs to be better understood. To God, there is no such restriction as time. He has no time. We do. To Him, one hour is one thousand years for us. We go by in a blink of His eye. It isn’t that He wants this stuff to happen. This is not what He intended in the beginning. This stuff got started in the Garden and you know that story. In the interim, we have developed civilization and He has been having lunch. I don’t mean to be quippy about it but this gives some perspective.

I am objective because it suits me. I realized the other day that I was born conservative. Not the political version but the faith version. The faith version does, of course, spill over into my assessment of politics. that said, I am apolitical. I have no party other than Christian. This not only allows me freedom from emotional support or hate of candidates but broadens my world view and allows my love of people by merely knowing that we are all in the same boat. Crazy men (or wily foxes, if you think the term more apt, such as the guy Un of North Korea are sorry individuals to me. As much as I would like to dislike the guy I feel compassion for him. This does not mean I wouldn’t like to throttle the life out of him should he blow up San Francisco, it only means that I think him unstable and in a position probably not of his choosing. Call it fate, call it what you will.

In essence, my position allows me to be more interested in things rather than getting emotional about them. Not scientific per se, but, objective. Unattached to this world as it spins and takes us all on this monumental “A” ticket through the Universe. It’s a great ride if you think objectively.

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