Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Thought for the day 14th of June 2011
“Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind” by Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Faithfulness is the topic of the post on the ‘Thought for the day’ today. All of us want and expect the quality from others. The earth however abounds in disloyalty. It has become a deficit at work, school, family, government and the world. If you find a person who is faithful, you have found a great treasure. Stay closer to the person so that you may absorb the same qualities and the frame of mind that the person has.
Why are people disloyal?
Everybody wants other people to be loyal and so few people are loyal to other people. There could be a number of reasons for that. Let me look at the main one. I believe the main reason is that people have become sensual. They love sensual pleasures and if you love sensual pleasures you will very often try to avoid responsibilities. Life in a family is not an ever lasting pleasure. A lot of unpleasant things happen and we have to endure daily routine and pretty boring moments of daily life. Some people get fed up with it and they let their passions rule them. This is how disloyalty is born. I have given an example in a family, but the same is true about any sphere of life.
Disloyalty is a sign of immaturity
People who are unfaithful have not really matured as personalities. They cannot be trusted with serious responsibilities at work, home and anywhere else. At the slightest sign of stress they would capitulate and run to relax using some sort of illicit pleasure. Well, maybe not illicit, but most often it is. This is a wrong attitude towards problems and obligations. We should see them as a natural thing which any grown up has and follows and it is not supposed to kill our joy for life.
Pleasures should have boundaries
God has designed various pleasures to enjoy within certain boundaries and they never come out of the boundaries of faithfulness. Pleasures that are beyond those boundaries will cause more pain than joy. When a person is young he might not experience so much pain, but as he grows older his conscience will start giving him troubles for all compromises he has made.
What is to be done?
I believe the person needs to find forgiveness, so that his conscience will no longer cause him to feel guilt. He should also change his attitude towards pleasures. They see them only as the ultimate good, which they badly need. Should they changed their attitude and started seeing those pleasures as the core of their problems and giving more pain then satisfaction, they would be on the path to get rid of them. Those people should also learn to step into other people shoes, particularly those whom they are unfaithful to. Living for others is the way to freedom from our egoistic narcissistic pleasures.
When you start living for others you will definitely find real satisfaction and pleasures that will never cause pain neither for you, nor for the people who are close to you. And you will never regret your actions. Finally believe that you will succeed and you will.
Hope the post was useful for you. It might be somewhat unfinished, but I just wanted to give you a few ideas on the topic, not to do some thorough analysis of it.
Read my previous post:
Letting go quotes