Monday, September 16, 2013

Free Will

September 16, 2013
As we grow older we have a tendency to reflect on our life.  The mistakes we made; the hurts we inflicted; our triumphs and failures.   We don't have much time left to fulfill whatever it is we want to  accomplish.  Materialism is dragging us down.  We have to have that IPhone, that IPod, that IPad.  We have so much clutter in our homes, our lives, we can't even think straight.  Wouldn't simpler be better?  And, we never know when we're going to be jerked back to where we came from.  Look at what happened today in Washington, D.C.  People just going to work, nothing out of the ordinary, but oh, for some of them, they had no idea that this would be their last day on earth.    It isn't about guns, they are only a tool.  There is something more going on here.  Think for a moment what must have to take place in a person's life, the changes that have to occur in that person's brain, for someone to actually plan to go out today and murder innocent people.  To actually aim at someone with the clear intent of killing them.  This is a reflection of something much, much deeper.  Something eating away at the framework of who we are.  To politicize this savagery is criminal and yet some have already done that.   For those who lost their lives, there is nothing more for them in this lifetime.  They are gone.  Any plans for the kids this weekend or a getaway with the wife, birthday parties, lunch breaks, remembrances, old friends, happy times...all gone and all because one individual, with free will to do either good or evil, chose to do evil.    It is time to take stock of who we are and where we're headed.  No politician, no government agency can do this.  It is up to each one of us, individually.