There is a sad and troubling offense that we impose upon one another in this world. Among the online community of adoption talk you will find some of the worst offenders but it is absolutely everywhere. The offense is someone who purposely says things with the intention of hurting another (which is actually impossible because nobody has that kind of power over us but not many people seem to know that) . Most often these people jab and run without allowing any sort of reply or without listening and I mean REALLY listening to what the other person has to say. After all everybody wants to be heard and understood but very few of us really want to make the effort to hear and understand another. Especially if they are saying something we consciously disagree with. We build strong walls to hide behind.
The worst offenders are those who are so stuck in their fear that they CAN’T listen because they are terrified you may just make some sense. Why is that so terrifying? Because to acknowledge that they may not be seeing things truthfully would mean looking deep inside of themselves, which to people like this is the most frightening, dark and unknown place in the Universe. The thing is it is in those deep caverns of our souls that truth resides. That is why when we speak or think untruths we feel it in the pit of our stomach. Something just isn’t right and we know it but we ignore it or try to cover it up any way we can. Which is often what makes us sick because the truth always finds a way to surface. Truth is a constant. Even the most outrageous criminal knows truth on some subconscious level.
It is quite sad to me that people aren’t willing to take the risk of looking within. So often I see people use religion as the chosen wall to hide behind all the while claiming proudly that they work for God. Hypocrisy is the worst offender toward our fellow man (and ironically toward God) because even though it claims to know it all it walks in constant fear and where fear resides love cannot. If I could I would ask hypocrisy; Is God love or not?
I see the concept of God and religion often used as a way to avoid looking within. They are mistaken because to go within and touch the face of truth with a gentle hand is to really know God. It is no coincidence that Jesus, one of the greatest yet misunderstood teachers to ever walk this planet said “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)