Prudence

Wouldn’t it be lovely if the hardest thing we had to do was “be nice” to each other?

Alas, life is not that easy.

There are plenty of reasons to be cynical… and to live in fear of other humans… who can be petty, covetous, dishonest, lazy, ungrateful, untrustworthy, greedy, and vengeful.

The common parasites who whine, gossip, scapegoat, malinger, and freeload are annoying enough, but the challenge does not stop there. We live among those who commit true evil… countless “humans” who cheat, betray, steal, abuse, slander, terrorize, exploit, rape, torture, and murder. Some of them are so vicious and remorseless that an intelligent, compassionate person may sincerely ask: Is being kind, forgiving, trusting, and generous really in my best interest?

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Frank J Peter View All →

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!

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  1. You ask, “Is being kind, forgiving, trusting, and generous really in my best interest?” What a great and painful question!
    I have, countless times, throughout my life been hurt by having these qualities. But, I cannot and would not be who I am without them. This question sparks so many more questions about myself! And without questions my life would be worthless. And yes, prudence in my choices is a must!
    Thank you.

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    • Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Marcia. Anyone who has these qualities understand deeply that some the behavior of some humans really is beyond the reach of all the love in the world. That said, I, like you, nevertheless tend toward being kind, forgiving, trusting, and generous… until I have cause to do otherwise. Some are so beyond reach, in fact, that the most loving thinbg to do is to incarcerate or terminate in self-defense or the defense of the innocent. Thanks and peace!

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  2. You ask, “ Is being kind, forgiving, trusting and generous really in my best interest ?” What a great and painful question! I have, countless times, throughout my life been hurt by having these qualities. But, I cannot and would not be who I am without them. This question sparks so many more questions about myself! And without questions my life would be worthless. And yes prudence in my choices is a must!
    Thank you, Frank

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