Sponsored by www.linkedin.com/in/jimdascenzo/ Mk 3 The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "By the prince of demons he drives out demons." Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, "How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand...Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin." For they had said, "He has an unclean spirit."
The thing about feeling that you are better than someone else is ... well, you're wrong. Because all the humans? We equal, yo.
That's right; the ones who live in mansions in Bel-Air or own floors of apartment buildings in Manhattan or spend thousands of dollars on eight bazillion thread-count sheets and eat caviar from oysters only found near the Great Barrier Reef and drink $10,000 bottles of wine as they watch exclusive pay-per-view events on their 200-inch smart TVs.
Yeah, they are no better than those who feast on creamed chipped-beef and instant mashed potato buffets at homeless shelters, where folks wash down meals with generic fruit juice and after which they play checkers until they fall asleep on cots with no pillows and only one blanket.
Different? Yes. More fortunate? Clearly. Harder working? Hmm. Maybe in some instances --- not all. But better? Well, let's see.
They all feel cold when the temperature dips too low. They all sweat when it climbs too high. They all smell through their nostrils and hear with their ears and see with their eyes, barring any tragic circumstances preventing it. They all have a God-given right to be seen and heard.
So, are the "haves" of the world actually better people than the "have nots" living on the same planet, in the same universe, inhaling the same oxygen?
Nope, they ain't.
Because at the end of the day -and at the end of all the days- what will matter the most is if we acted kindly to one another during those annual trips around the sun, regardless of our own or someone else's social status, gross income, or net worth .
It'll be of significance whether or not we gave more than we took, left things better than we found them, loved more than we fought, and treated the other homo sapiens like they mattered.
Sometime, somewhere, somehow -- all the material stuff of the here and now will be there and then. POOF. And the whole kit-and-kaboodle won't be worth even a half-cent.
No, none of us is better or worse than the others, friends, period. In fact, as far as the Big Guy's concerned, we're all precious. Equally precious, Capisce?