Friday, October 11, 2013

Good Man

(speaking of all sound men) "...that he will put on, or rather that he will not put off the true character of a man, and generously enlarge his views beyond the present day."  Thomas Paine, Common Sense

This reflects the viewpoint that man is inherently good and and becomes evil only when he makes the conscious decision to be less than he is created to be. It supposes that we are stronger and possess higher levels of integrity than we often choose to display. It is an idyllic viewpoint that describes a passionate desire to see excellence in all people that is tempered only by those that refuse to live up to this ideal.This potential is what inspires us to boldly step out to be revolutionaries in the fight against oppression and champions of genuine justice for all people. It's a passionate desire that is fueled by the spark of righteousness that is part of all of us-a gift that only comes from God.

We are made to strive for higher ideals and a greater system of fair play. When we abandon that for the pursuit of personal gain and ego satisfaction, we also choose to discard the purity of our true nature. It's a matter of seeking the best of who we are designed to be and caring for fellow man instead of casting aside that goodness for selfish endeavors. History (and current society) is littered with the debris from choosing poorly. 

Which choice will you make? To do what is right even though it is difficult and ridicule is the potential reward or seek only individual gain that cares nothing for the plight of others, but inflates our own health portfolio? This is the quintessential question that separates positive innovators from negative oppressors.

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