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Re: Equality not Superiority
The message my mother has been trying to teach me the last few years since she's entered into A.A., albeit a little late in my life, is 'Would you rather be right or be happy?'. For some reason this thread brought that to my mind. I wish that I could claim that my ego hasn't driven me to want to be right instead of happy but I am no better than anyone else, it's the human condition. We all want to be right sometimes, we all want to be loved and for some reason we seem to think that in order to be loved we must prove ourselves more worthy than another. My mother may not be a well-educated woman but she's one of the smartes people I knowFern said:I was told daily as a child "The ground is level at the foot of the cross, you are no better than they and they are no better than you". I often challenge those who state they are superior to me to live up to this message - sometimes they do, sometimes they don't - but they almost always think about it.
I don't know a lot about other faith traditions, but my guess is that there is something in them all which says something similar to the saying my mother taught me as a child. I'm willing to bet that God - whoever you see the deity as - loves each and every one of us, equally, For some reason, this thought or belief seems to elude us quite frequently, hence, we become sure that God loves us more because we are right - or more right than 'those' people... A sad commentary on human kind.
Peace to all,