A lesson never learned…


Let It Burn

RED

I watch the city burn
These passions slowly smoldering
A lesson never learned
Only violence
Is your world just a broken promise?
Is your love just a drop of rain?
Will we all just burn like fire?
Are you still there?
Tell me now…

Thirteen years later, we’re still fighting.

Why do people get so caught up in the lie that power, wealth, fame, will make you happy?

Why don’t we learn?

Time and time again, we see the effects of humans falling for it.

  • Heath Ledger – he had money, fame, “love” and was still unhappy. And overdose of diazepam killed him.
  • Robin Williams – he, too, had money, fame, and so many loved him. He committed suicide.
  • Earnest Hemingway – fame, family, wealth. Shotgun to the head.
  • Cleopatra – 30 B.C. Things haven’t changed, guys.

The list goes on. It’s heartbreaking.

Why do terrorist do what they do and what does that have to do with suicide?

Terrorists, although some say religion is the cause (which I believe is false – power, greed, money, etc. are the roots of most wars/terrorist actions), do what they do because:

a. …they believe so firmly in a lie that this will be good for them (behind that lie is, most likely, a greedy, selfish, power-hungry jerk).

b. …they’re intolerant of a difference in opinion.

c. …they want to feel something.

I’m sure that’s not everything. But those are a few things I think make sense.

But what does that have to do with suicide? Well, humans are naturally prideful and selfish beings. We do most things because they make us feel good about ourselves. Even altruists like myself sacrifice our immediate happiness for the sake of another because we know that it’s going to make us feel good – if not now, later. It’s better for us in the long run.

People commit suicide because they:

a. …believe it will end their pain.

b. …are hopeless.

I have so much love for those hurting. Especially for those entertaining thoughts of suicide. (If you’re that person, let me know so I can pray for you. I already do, but you know. ❤ )

Terrorists do what they do because they believe it’s good for them.

People commit suicide because they believe it’s good for them.

I promise I’m not equating a person with suicidal thoughts to terrorists. Unless you’re a kamikaze or something.

I’m just making the point that, no matter what you’ve got, it won’t be enough until you satisfy yourself with it. And, at the risk of sounding preachy and cliche, until you’ve contented yourself with the love and sacrifice of Christ.

You can keep getting, getting, and getting. But it’s never going to be enough because we were created for so much more. Guys, we’ve settled for so much and we shouldn’t have. The next iPhone, the next Wii U, the next video game, and even the next book — these things will not satisfy us. And rightfully so.

We can be happy. But happiness is a feeling. A fleeting emotion.

We can’t rely on that to get us to tomorrow because it’s as easy to catch and hold as a shadow (if you’re not Peter Pan). Enjoy it while you’ve got it, but don’t depend on it.

We need to be joyful. Joy is something that goes so much deeper than happiness. It’s a state of being. It’s something we should actively choose to be every day. That doesn’t mean we need to be happy all the time. That’s stupid and annoying.

What it does mean is that we should immerse ourselves in love (not the superficial, gross romantic kind 😉 ). Love is a sacrifice. It’s the action of willing good for others and possibly giving up your immediate happiness for their benefit. It’s not a feeling, contrary to the media’s portrayal of it.

For instance, if you’re in a bad mood, but put that aside to smile at someone who looks rather down, you’ve just shown them some love. Or when you do the dishes so your mom won’t have to – that’s love. Sharing your candy bar with a little sibling – that’s love.

Unless it’s forced.

Then it’s socialism.

Or parenting. You know, whichever. It depends on who’s doing the forcing. *shrugs*

I think if everyone smiled a little more, loved a little more seriously, and thought of more than themselves, the world would be a much better place.

What are your thoughts today as we remember the victims of the tragic 9/11/01 terrorist attacks and the current state of our world? What can we do to make it a better place to live?

God bless you, lovely. ❤

Rana

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