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THE HARDEST COMMAND IN THE BIBLE is “Love
your enemy.” Another tough one is “Love your neighbor.” But what happens if
your enemy and your neighbor are one and the same?
In the state where I’m from, there was no
shortage of bad neighbors; I used to be one of them. But before I was a bad
neighbor, I was a bad son which got me kicked out of my home at nineteen. On my
own, nobody mattered but me: my place, my comfort, my peace. One night I threw
all the patio furniture into the swimming pool after the apartment manager told
me to get rid of my waterbed (which wasn’t allowed in the first place). My next-door
neighbor ratted me out, so I bent all her BBQ utensils into U-shapes. No one
ever figured it was me, but surely, they suspected. Instead of getting rid of
the waterbed, by the way, I hooked a garden hose to my kitchen faucet, turned
it on, and let the water “drain” out my bedroom window onto the driveway below
for eight hours. I still slept soundly that night.
SOME MAY DIE. Most won’t. Some will drop out or change their minds about college, while others will train for a trade. Others may shack up or get married, while the majority, unfortunately, will get their hearts broken. Disease. Setbacks. Disappointments. Freedom and not knowing what to do with it. These are the challenges facing the graduating class of 2019. The same challenges the class of 2018 faced. And 2017. 2016…and every class previous.
It’s called life.
It’s taken 18
years for high school grads to get to this point. They’ve been in school for
2,160 days, spending 12,960 hours in classes which translates into 777,600
minutes. If one was a Frequent Flyer in Detention, then add a few more hours—or
days. Each student has existed about 216 months, taking up space for 9,434,880
minutes, sleeping 52,500 hours, watching some sort of screen for 12,173 hours
and spending 7,488 hours eating, mostly pizza and Mexican food.
Many will look
back at their days in high school as the best ever. That was the easy part of
life; it’s all uphill from here:. THE REAL WORLD AWAITS.
Admiral William H. McRaven, a 40 year Navy Seal, gave some solid advice when it came to being successful in life: “It may seem like a very mundane and insignificant task. But, if you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task. Then another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will turn into many tasks completed.
Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. A bed you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow can be better. So, if you want to change the world,” McRaven concluded, “start off by making your bed.”
“EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE” is the latest sensation on NetFlix, “a chronicle of the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.”
Bundy was a notorious serial killer who confessed to murdering over thirty victims, as well as other horrible crimes; it was his philosophy about morality that allowed him to do these horrible things.
He wrote, …”I discovered that to become truly free, truly unfettered, I had to become truly uninhibited. And I quickly discovered that the greatest obstacle to my freedom, the greatest block and limitation to it, consists in the insupportable value judgment that I was bound to respect the rights of others. I asked myself, who were these ‘others’? Other human beings with human rights? Why is it more wrong to kill a human animal than any other animal, a pig or a sheep or a steer? Is your life more to you than a hog’s life to a hog? Why should I be willing to sacrifice my pleasure more for the one than for the other? Surely, you would not, in this age of scientific enlightenment, declare that God or nature has marked some pleasures as ‘moral’ or ‘good’ and others as ‘immoral’ or ‘bad’?