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Saturday, September 17, 2011

An Attitude of Acceptance

There can be those who demand people bow down to them based on their purported accomplishments or position.  Their attitude is fundamentally judgmental—in comparison to me, they seem to say, you don’t rate very much.  The proper role, they seem to say, is that based on who I am or what I’ve done, I am more worthy than you.  The wise person knows that no one can be adequately informed to make such a judgment, and, because of this, the question in any interaction of who has superior worth is never entertained.  Because of this attitude, great energies (that otherwise would be employed in maintaining a status advantage) are released to creatively engage the world.  These people are free, have democratic predispositions, and maintain wide intellectual interests free from defensiveness.  Such people are open to insights offered by anyone at any time.  Coincident with this people perspective is place perspective.  As with people, environments are found acceptable.  No one environment is considered more worthy than another.  It is taken for granted that important insights can arise from backwater villages as well as cosmopolitan cities, from small churches or big churches, from the halls of prisons to the halls of academia.  Life is a ceremony and a celebration.  Creativity and intelligence are always called for and are always welcome.  This is the entrepreneurial spirit at its best.  The Bible says “Judge not, that you be not judged.”  Actually, when the inordinate amount of energy required to allay status anxiety is considered, one might just as well say “Judge not, that you be not weak.”  

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