By Robert A. Vella
This world of ours keeps getting stranger and stranger. The relentless march of time will do that to a person. The longer they live, the less life seems familiar to them. Everything changes.
But, there are constants too. Human nature, for one, changes very little. As a person accumulates the years, they have the opportunity to learn a great deal about people. If this learning takes place, human reactions and responses can be anticipated almost to the point of predictability; and, such familiarity is most welcomed in the latter stages of one’s life.
Except, that is, when an awareness of people paints a disturbing picture of our world. Human nature has its altruistic and dark sides. External stimuli, and other factors, can bring both to the surface. In a healthy society, the warmness of people generally shines through. In a troubled society, nastiness, heartlessness, and aggression prevail. This cause-and-effect relationship between environment and behavior is as predictable as any aspect of our shared humanity. Counting the dead of war provides important statistical information; but, the true cost of such tragedies must be seen on the faces of its victims.
With all this in mind, here are some questions to ponder for a Sunday:
What makes a person see evil where there is no evil?
What makes a person so fearful of an injury never occurred nor likely to occur?
What makes an injured person deny the cause of their injury?
What makes two people see completely different images in the exact same picture?
What makes a person so desperate for love treat it with hostility?
What makes a person so yearn-full for peace embrace an attitude of aggression?
What makes a person sacrifice their own well-being just for an ideological cause?
What makes a person obsessed with controlling that which cannot be controlled?