A Different Drum

It’s funny to me, funny interesting, how everybody looks different.  The variety in humanity fascinates me.  And there is no one definition of beauty.  Though appearances vary wildly, dissimilarity even enhances attraction.  This idea finds expression in the entire created order.  Each area of America, more properly our world, has its own charm and can be said to be beautiful in its own way.  Though some people hone in on a particular area or place as superior to all others, I have often thought that narrowmindedness on this point is a poverty of appreciation and imagination.  To me, there is beauty in variegation, but we must be open to see it.  People are as varied as the landscape, and the facade fairly scratches the surface (pun intended) of the real differences between people. 

Still undiscovered are the manifold reasons people differ in the psychological and more ethereal aspects of their beings.  There is some reason to believe that advancements in science will trace certain traits to our DNA though such studies will never find completion.  It is not a cop-out to say that the great, hidden secrets of our minds and bodies are ultimately in the hands of God and under His direct supervision.  All truth is God’s truth, and no discoveries will lead to proper understandings apart from Him.  The dots will not all be connected in this life whatever pride may say.  The reasons why each influence does not produce the same effect in several humans may not be completely known.  The tapestry of the spiritual is more varied than that of the physical and more difficult to divine.

Not all differences in individuals are within the realm of acceptability.  As surely as I have said that we should appreciate physical differences, we should appreciate cognitive and emotional variety, but this does not mean there are no parameters for normalcy or definitions for deviance.  Our society is constantly redefining abnormality, and, perhaps, this has ever been so.  Some of this engineering is acceptable, even laudable, but the idea that the moral compass has no true north is erroneous.  Disease is the departure from health.  When a person is determined to have an illness or harmful condition, we do not accept it as the price of doing business.  We try to correct the sickness, learn how to manage it or reduce its harmful effects.  In like manner, certain traits are not reasonable just because someone has them.

Just as people express themselves by the use of their bodies in ways which may be individual to them, so the mind and emotions of a person intertwine displaying a unique individual with strengths and weaknesses all their own.  While we celebrate the singular, at the same time, each person is responsible to live in a manner beneficial to the whole of mankind creating a life of value to the conglomerate.  This social contract is the second highest level of functioning on this earth and joins hands with the first.  It is, indeed, a proper understanding and use of Jesus’ teaching that we should treat others in the way we would like to be treated.  Basically, the definition of sin is hurting yourself, people or God.  The only functioning loftier than the social contract is that of universal ethical principles.

God has created each of us in His image and according to His likeness.  He has made us each unique and to reflect a portion of His totality to the remainder of the race.  While we operate best according to the Manufacturers prescriptions, every person has the opportunity to cooperate with the Creator or commit to chaos.  We can consult the operator’s Manual or simply grab-it-and-go through life according to our own specifications.  In many cases, improper use will shorten the life of the product and ignored maintenance the functioning of the commodity.  We were made for freedom within a framework.  You and I are given the gift of free expression by our God, but it is impossible to experience self-actualization if we do not know our true purposes and function according to design.           

Sterl

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