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The other day a friend told me something about her church and it made me think: she was comparing Jesus to Mohammed and to L. Ron Hubbard and said they all had been geniuses in their own ways, and all have had beautiful thoughts – it was the church institutions that “messed it up”, by creating sick hierarchies for power struggles and established authoritarian, oppressive systems around them. Just like Jesus never wanted the crusades and Mohammed never wanted 9/11, probably Hubbard didn’t want Scientology to threaten and bully their church members. What does this mean for any expression of wisdom? Does this mean whoever has a great idea will find it corrupted at some point by misguided followers? Does this mean we shouldn’t distribute our alleged “pearls of wisdom” as in due time, our words will be corrupted, twisted and turned onto their heads?
What it means to me is to accept that we must surrender control. Surrender control over the ways we can express our truths. We have no control over how our truths are received. I will continue to say what I believe to be true, trusting that people will give me the benefit of the doubt that I speak and write with the best intentions. In the end what counts is not the actual effects your actions or words might eventually have with various individuals (this is under their control) but the purity of good intent we have in the moment we do or say things.
The other day a friend told me something about her church and it made me think: she was comparing Jesus to Mohammed and to L. Ron Hubbard and said they all had been geniuses in their own ways, and all have had beautiful thoughts – it was the church institutions that “messed it up”, by creating sick hierarchies for power struggles and established authoritarian, oppressive systems around them. Just like Jesus never wanted the crusades and Mohammed never wanted 9/11, probably Hubbard didn’t want Scientology to threaten and bully their church members. What does this mean for any expression of wisdom? Does this mean whoever has a great idea will find it corrupted at some point by misguided followers? Does this mean we shouldn’t distribute our alleged “pearls of wisdom” as in due time, our words will be corrupted, twisted and turned onto their heads?
What it means to me is to accept that we must surrender control. Surrender control over the ways we can express our truths. We have no control over how our truths are received. I will continue to say what I believe to be true, trusting that people will give me the benefit of the doubt that I speak and write with the best intentions. In the end what counts is not the actual effects your actions or words might eventually have with various individuals (this is under their control) but the purity of good intent we have in the moment we do or say things.

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 November 2011 11:50)