TaN: [And to even further add to the menagerie (or menage a trois or whatever term you prefer), there is the criminal or forensic aspect in a criminal investigation where the physical evidence will not corroborate or will contradict the witness accounts. But I shall reserve this to a future TaN discussion. This will suffice for now.]
TaN: In this temporal world, there is really no such “animal” — pirated from my professor and mentor Dr Achilles del Callar — as being absolutely worthless or negative. It is like only seeing white and never seeing black. Without black to provide a contrast, one would not realize and appreciate the true value of white. With the exception of Satan’s evil, temporal evil has a place in this world. It is here both to provide us an opportunity to do good and to resist or fight against it as well as to put value to what we have and teach us about good and evil. This is God’s wisdom.
Moreover, it is philosophically argued that one cannot negate or deny without affirming. To negate or deny is to affirm that there is affirmation — affirming the negation or denial.
Finally, it is not wise to curse misfortune for it is neither wrong nor evil to have misfortune befall us. One should not curse one’s misfortune. As it has been repeatedly said, misfortune — by another name — is just another word for “opportunity”. It is in the insistence or persistence — or acceding — to misfortune that is wrong and evil. This means that being poor — which is a form and the epitome of what is misfortune — is neither wrong nor evil nor something to be ashamed of. It is the “desire” or willingness to stay in the misfortune that is wrong and evil and pitiful. So, being in misfortune is one’s opportunity to show what stuff one is made of and a chance to bring out the best in us.
TaN: To be of service — which is the common purpose of all people as intended by God — can be done in different but similarly-related ways. Different in the sense that the specific way of doing it is situational and will be governed by the circumstances surrounding or characterizing it. Similarly-related in the sense that the different ways convey the same message or common rationale.
One is by putting others before us. This can be shown by being selfless or giving up something we like to others because they need it more than we do or we yield to others because we can wait (our turn), as in the case of the elderly, people with disabilities, those who are pregnant, or the infirmed.
Another is by letting others go first. This is achieved in situations where the leader (or server) is responsible for preparations but the lets others choose from the lot which one they prefer, with the leader/server taking the last or “unwanted” share, such as slicing a cake and letting others pick their slice and the slicer is the last to take his/her share. Or, in academic circles, the department chair prepares the individual faculty schedules and lets everybody choose which schedule they prefer. The last unpicked schedule will be taken by the chair, the one nobody wants.
Still another is by actually humbling ourselves to enable and empower others as well as provide essential assistance to people who are incapable — as in people with disabilities, such as the mentally challenged, the physically deformed, the emotionally affected, to name a few — without taking away their dignity or abasing or belittling them (as if to show we are more capable). Equal treatment is key; treat people with disabilities as if they do not have disabilities but keeping in mind not to deprive them of their self-respect, their self-confidence, their inherent talents and abilities to fend for themselves.
This is the core of the message or teachings of Jesus Christ when He, which He did not have to…being God, came down to our level and reached out to us to personally teach us the right way to live in this world through His deeds and sermons and parables and by example. He did so because He cares, He loves us, He wants us to be with Him in His Father’s House — but we have to prove ourselves worthy first and this is to obey His commandments, admonitions, rebukes, teachings, and life lessons. Everything else is immaterial and irrelevant — being temporal, we cannot take what we normally value with us when we die (wealth and properties, titles and achievements, businesses and all that we erroneously hold dear).
It is our God-assigned duty and purpose to serve others and take care of this temporal reality. This is a test for which we will be determined/judged of how worthy we are to inherit the Kingdom of God. Service to God and to others and to treat the lesser being — i.e., the environment outside of man and all that is in it — with kindness, compassion, and responsibility.