Let’s put away mental illnesses. Let’s omit adolescence. For as long as you can, don’t think about sexual or gender preferences. Instead, generalize ideas and pretend that they fit into your unique circumstance. For once, let’s not be offended by different aspects of religion. Let’s be free. Rational? Yes. Articulate? Sure. But we will do away with distinctions that put us on a pedestal and create excuses.
Now let’s say there was a forbidden fruit that our ancestors ate, and it gave us the knowledge of good and evil. Say we’ve gone through Lawrence Kolhberg’s stages of moral development. Researchers can agree that at a certain age, say 25, the brain is mature and we are capable of making good decisions. Whatever point it is that the human reaches when it can decipher right from wrong, let’s say that we are there. We are here. Let’s also recognize that each and every one of us is capable of being extremely good as well as being extremely bad.
In this era of knowing, there is no middle ground. There is no justification for our actions. The is no such notion as “She hit me first.” There is only right and wrong.
Now that we are here, we know that stealing that pack of cigarettes was wrong. We know that it was wrong to sell a faulty product to the public and get rich off of a scheme. We now know that taking advantage of someone’s kindness is just as wrong as the murder of innocent people and we are all sailing in the same ole’ wrong boat. Now remember just how we know we’re wrong. We ate an apple, we have matured in ourselves and we have the knowledge.
From this knowledge there is no return. It’s the reason you don’t teach a slave to read, which brings me to the question Are you or are you not a slave? Now remember that we put away distinctive characteristics in the first paragraph. So a lighter skin complexion will not save you from bondage. The slavery here is of the mind and heart. So let me ask you again, Are you or are you not a slave?
If you are not, then admit that you have the knowledge and keep going.
Back on track we see that in some cases, we are wrong in our actions. Now what? Do you stop? Or do you continue because “Lord have mercy, that feels so good.”
If you are one to continue after realizing that you are wrong, then you have to admit that you do not care. Never mind intentions, admit it. Say it with me, “I’m wrong and don’t give a f***.” Good. Now this is where I leave you. I dare not judge. But if you don’t care then I won’t waste anymore of your time. For those that do care just a bit, keep going, we’re almost done.
Okay. You’re wrong, you don’t like it, you want to change it…Do It. It’s going to be hard. You’re going to fall more than once. You’re going to cry if you’re the “cry-baby” type. But we will not underestimate Will Power. However old you are in reality, whatever stage your life is in, you did not get that way by luck. You made it this far by being stronger than you look, by being stronger than you think. The road is full of obstacles, but you are not the first to face them. We are not alone in our experiences. We never have been.
- “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” –Maya Angelou
- “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” —George Washington
- ” Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”– The Lord’s Prayer
Leave your distinctions here. Carry with you the Knowledge of Good and Evil. You have it. It’s yours. What you do with it is up to you.