I am thinking about writing a piece on this topic for my blog, so I thought I would hash out my thoughts here on PD. This topic idea came to me today during my usual morning meditation, but the specific points are still in the introductory phase in my mind.
So far, this is what I have.......
'Meaning Making' seems to be the driving momentum of life. It is currently a pretty hot topic among many scholars. If 'Meaning Making' is what makes us strive for improvement in our existence, could it be that 'Justification' is the opposite? Could 'Meaning Making' be likened to societal enformy and 'Justification' be likened to societal entropy (good & evil).
People seem to have two distinct outlooks on life. They can either be altruistic and find meaning in their life by contributing to our existence in one positive form or another, or they can spend their life always finding an excuse, or rationalizing away their inability to be empathetic, compassionate, or a positive contributor. This seems to address the core issue of justification by faith and forgiveness of sin by Jesus's crucifiction, and possibly why some people are so attracted to the idea while others are repulsed by it.
From these thoughts I went on to ponder how we approach this problem as a society. From a holistic perspective, it only makes sense that we be pro-active rather than re-active. So far, I believe we have always approached this problem in a reactive way by punishing after-the-fact.
If this is a case of opposites creating strife in order for us to keep reaching, perhaps a person is wired to select one path or the other.
We are understanding more and more about biology in regard to nutrition and preventative health care. So, if we are addressing this from a holistic perspective, why do we continue to be soley reactive? We now know that 90% of a child's brain development happens by age 5, so why are we just sitting around and waiting to be reactive
when they become criminals in their late teens and twenties. We know what it takes to improve their brain development so that they can be more productive members of society, so why are we still in the stone ages with our reactive
I wish I could time travel into the future to see outcomes of children who had a proper environment for optimum brain development compared to those who had the worst, and determine the numbers of 'Meaning Making' citizens versus those who would be riding the 'Justification' band wagon.
Thanks for letting me put all of this down in writing. That always helps. Feedback is welcomed.
When you begin to see every living thing around you as a manifestation of thought by the Living Mind, the lives of others take on a whole new meaning.