The creative power of humans is astonishing. I’m not referring to creativity in the artistic sense, but rather in the sense of our ability to create spiritual entities that wield a tremendous amount of influence over human actions. We refer to these entities as Institutions. Now I’m not suggesting that in creating institutions we create … Continue reading Fighting Against the System
Ever since the cycle of violence began to spiral out of control, the majority of humans have rejected a theistic solution to human violence and have endeavored to create a system that simply did not permit conflict. Rather than seeking to reconcile with our Creator, we spend all our energy building artificial structures to regulate other people’s behavior according to our preferences. In the process of creating these structures, we have produced negative psychological and physiological effects on individuals that in turn, reduce our society’s ability to actually progress. By emphasizing following procedures over problem solving and good judgment, we’ve essentially shut down the part of our brain that performs these functions. The result is that our brains’ right hemispheres have atrophied. It’s time we stopped looking for systemic solutions to our problems and began reconnecting the two halves of our brain.
Freedom is dangerous, but tyranny is even more dangerous. It is like comparing the danger of sailing on the open ocean to the danger of setting your own ship on fire in the harbor.
It seems to me that violence is increasing in our society. Whether that perception is accurate, or is faulty and based on sensationalized news coverage, I don't know. Regardless, the issue has led me to spend a lot of time recently pondering the best way to handle the problem of violence. In particular, I’ve been … Continue reading Was Jesus’ Response to Violence Effective?