Some thinking on my creed soundbites

As many of you know I have a “creed” I revisit from time to time (which I really do need to look at again… anyway…) as part a self-examination of what and why I believe.

As part of that exercise I try to to condense it all down into a more easy to post version, while still keeping my more “detailed” examinations around as important clarifications/explorations. So, I guess at the moment, with all that is happening, I could boil it down even further than it currently is, to these sound bites…

“Test everything; hold fast what is good”
“Love wins”
“Shalom”

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“Test everything; hold fast what is good”
Covers so many things, from the pursuit of knowledge, scientific methodolgy, the best attempts to hold on to logic and reason, while also realising that “understanding is a three edged sword: your side, their side, and the truth.”

“Love wins”
The central mesage of the gospels, but in reality even removing any spiritual or religous ideolgy it really is, from what I have seenm, the best way to live life and interact with others, forge greater acceptance of the “other”, and grow better and stronger communities and societies.

“Shalom”
A word with many meanings “Peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquillity”, I believe these elements which could be essaies in themselves in the context of this list are goals for the individual and the community at large.

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So, why am I posting this now, well simply because these three elements inform, or at least I should say are what I aspire to, when I reflect/react/respond to events. I understand that others react differently, some even preffering the, what I personally would say is the more immediately satisying, path of reaction and even violence, a reaction which I really understand and feel the draw towards at times, but ultimately I agree with Martin Luther King that “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”

There are times, I fully acknowledge, when the reaction that is required of us is that of force, however I would argue that there is perhaps a vast difference between reacting towards a situation where the only option left to us is that of aggression, and that of seeking out violence from the start.

Anyway, thats a debate for another time. Shalom peeps.