“….forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23: 32 – 34
In my experience someone who seeks power falls into one of three categories:
- They want to change something to make it better for others.
- They want to change something to make it better for themselves.
- They want power for its own sake.
Those in the categories 2 & 3 seek power for their own gratification. They see the world through the lens of their own ego. The projected self interprets altruism as a game play to the same end, and love is experienced as an emotional response to external stimuli. Religion and politics provide part of the topology for the world map, even when identity placement is anachronistic.
Those who seek to make the world better for others have an existential reference point outside of themselves, one of billions of humans, all equal in respect to the ‘other’.
So, how do we know who we are, since everyone would like to think that they want to make at least something better for others?
Well, if someone’s politics, religion, or lifestyle affects your ability to love them, then you’re in category two or three. Of course you disagree with me. After all, you want to make the world a better place. And you believe that the world would better without people like that.
Love says that the world would not be better without people like that. The world would simply be better if you loved them. Unconditionally.
Just like Jesus did.
God, it took me a while to get there.
There were also two criminals led out with Jesus to be killed. They were led to a place called “The Skull.” There the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross. They also nailed the criminals to crosses beside Jesus—one on the right and the other on the left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23: 32 – 34