To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, October 13, 2011


I'm inspired to write something about the title due to a  facebook status and the comments that follow it. Forgiveness comes to those who sincerely repent and obey God's commandments. There is forgiveness in acknowledging faults and not doing the same thing again and in times of carelessness and weaknesses which one really feels sorry about.  It affects how we deal with life I think. Some people insist that God is a forgiving God so it's fine to "intentionally" do things that are in the first place oppose to God's will. Why do we do continually these actions that we know displease Him? Worst,  living with them! I believe I don't have the right to judge, I'm just at the point of wonder and question why these things happen.

It is the same as offending someone as one knows he can be forgiven anyway and that very person is incapable of not forgiving.  It's selfishness when we negligently  consider the welfare of  others much as instead of giving them reward and be grateful to their kindness, we do the contrary.

This isn't rare, many times decisions are done at the expense of  others as the other party understands anyway and the other doesn't. For times, those who have "problems"  - "attitude problems" so to speak are better compensated believing it's the best way out of trouble. Turning the situation to those who truly deserve unfairly treated and have been taken advantage of their goodness.

In cases when we have to decide ourselves, I think we better take decisions that we are mainly responsible for, not in the expense of  someone else, again,  more so of their  goodness and kindness. Isn't it  unfair to think that some suffer in grief due to the choices others have made? Much more as those persons have done nothing bad against anyone for them to be inflicted with pains and giving them less than what they are entitled to.

Forgiveness is kindness and understanding. Asking one comes with sincerity and authentic repentance which each person definitely knows what is genuine within. It's not what others see but how God sees the  inner soul and  dedication to His commands.

It's easy to ask forgiveness when one is in that habit, it is opposing pride unless pure and never deceitful. 

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