I still struggle with people who make bad choices. It isn’t that hard to make good choices so why do they do it? I use to think they were just lazy. That is still possible. I use to think they didn’t have the mental capacity to make a good choice. That too is still possible. At times it seems that people are just plain mean. That is certainly possible too. But maybe they really don’t know the difference.
If you grow up somewhere where it is normal to wear your clothes inside out, then that is your normal. If the same goes for learning morality and the difference between right and wrong, then it would stand to reason they really don’t understand the difference.
In the justice system, a person is deemed unable to defend themselves in court if they honestly don’t understand the difference between right and wrong. Doctors evaluate these defendants in order to make this determination. This eliminates the people who make bad choices on purpose, or because they are lazy, or because they are mean. They are left with the only possible reason which is a mental defect. But what does that really mean?
Not all children learn good behavior as they grow up. The lack of mentors and adequate supervision leave some children to essentially raise themselves. Not all children who are in these situations consistently make bad choices but they have the potential to fall into that pattern. That is where the old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” comes from.
Wiki says this. “It takes a village is a proverb that leverages the cultural context and belief that it takes an entire community to raise a child. A child has the best ability to become healthy adults if the entire community takes an active role in contributing to the rearing of the child.”
Of course this would need to be a village where it is safe and healthy for children. We know not all villages are safe and healthy. That’s just the way the world is.
All of life is burdened with choices. From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep. Not all are a decision between right and wrong. But all have consequences depending on the situation.
We have to make decisions everyday and we need to be petitioning Christ to help us make them correctly. I’m not sure what set me off on this topic but after re reading and pondering what really matters, this is what I am left with…
Becoming a Christian is a one time life changing decision. Being a Christ follower requires moment by moment deliberate action. — Me.
God bless and stay safe.