Weird or Wise?

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Hi there.  Good to see you again.

Have you ever noticed that some people are just plain weird?

As you know, I like variety.  I have written several blogs on the gift of variety in every aspect of our lives to enjoy.  This variety has been given to us completely for our pleasure.

There is variety… and then there is weird.

First let me say that I am not saying you’re weird.  Of course you’re not weird because you’re reading my blog.

As I said, anyone who reads my blog is not weird… they may need a little more excitement in their life… but not weird.

Humm… but then again… I’m not the one reading an obscure blog about a metaphorical journey.  You’re reading it… I just happen to be the one writing.

Side Note: I really have a unique way of building blog readership huh?  Here I am poking at people who read my blog.  Hopefully everyone has thick skin.

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OK, back to weird.  Did you know there are some people, for example, that have a fetish about feet.  Yep… feet… that’s weird.

I saw a TV show about people who are compelled to eat strange things like dirt or toilet paper (unused of course).  That’s weird.

I will probably get criticized for making a judgment about what’s weird or not.

What makes me the determiner of what’s weird or not?  My going to church regularly may be seen as weird to someone else (not as weird as eating dirt, but possibly weird none-the-less).

What one defines as weird can be a fun topic to verbally spar on.  And yes, weird is in the eye of the beholder.

But what about right and wrong, or Truth?  Who determines that?

I don’t know about you, but that is above my pay grade.  I can handle weird… but Truth… Right and wrong?  No.

This is where things get real dicey.  If there is no central point of Truth then anyone can determine what is right or wrong.  A society can determine what is good and bad, right and wrong, and create rules and laws accordingly.

Some might say that I am saying this because I believe in God and I am trying to impose my God on the world.

That is a logical thought or argument.  But frankly, a very strong case can be built for why atheists (or anyone) would want a society based on the belief of a God.

I say this, because if a society determines right and wrong, then it could decide that it is a good thing to imprison people who don’t believe in God as much as imprison those who do believe in God.

Without something beyond the individual, there is nothing to supersede people’s feelings or opinions.

But regardless of societal standards, the trends always start with individual decisions.

Maybe on a personal level there is something for us to explore.  If not careful, we as individuals can easily get caught up in the “everything’s relative” thinking today and begin to compromise foundational beliefs and standards.

There is something seductive about the argument that, if everyone else is doing it then it must be okay.

Or when one is faced with a questionable business opportunity and they begin to think, if I don’t take advantage of this situation someone else will do it.

One easily sees the need for Truth beyond us as individuals.  If setting standards were left up to us as humans, we would be in a heap of trouble.

Talk with you on Thursday.

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