Life is really not very difficult or mysterious. Each of us understands actions that indicate when others are being helpful or harmful towards us. We also tend to naturally associate with others who make us feel accepted, loved, and comfortable and we avoid those who don’t. No real mysteries there, but then comes the question, why do we sometimes have trouble getting along with one another? I believe it’s because of the exceptions we make.
Have you ever left a particularly inspiring church service, or spiritual celebration, filled with overwhelming love toward all humanity until you see or think of him, or her, or them? Then you decide to make exceptions. You love all races of people, until you think of those stark physical or cultural differences, and you make exceptions. You love all religions and people of faith everywhere until you think of that denomination, that cult, and them, and you make exceptions. You view everyone as a child of God until you think of some; who they are and what they’ve done. You exempt them at that moment, despite the fact you might even admit it’s God’s realm to make such judgments.
Prejudice dies hard, but die it must. The metaphysical goal of all major religions is to help each of us reach a level of spiritual understanding that enables us to love others without exceptions, despite apparent human circumstances. The most direct way to personal happiness is to support the aspirations for happiness others have. Just caring makes all the difference. When you care, you don’t make exceptions and you seek solutions based on love and peace with the sure knowledge those solutions exist, even when you don’t know what they are. The power is in your mind and in your ability to sense what is right when the time is right. That’s what faith, and relying on God is all about.
Sometimes the easiest solutions are the most difficult ones to accomplish.