There is an absolute truth in the previous posts. The issue of free will has always plagued man, the choice between short term pleasure or gain against long term goals and character.
In the final analysis, there really is no choice. It just a matter of how long we are going to embrace the same destructive behaviour...
as toris52 in a previous thread cautioned....''we, as people repeat the same mistakes ''.
We repeat the same mistakes, until there comes a day, where the pain is so great, there is no option but to surrender our free will and seek help.
Now those of you out there who jump to the conclusion, that one goes chasing after the Mansons, the Jimmy Jones and such, you are only partly right, some poor souls are so lost that they desperately attache themselves to these Dem-Gods, to find only grief and destruction....for these Dem-Gods have no power only force, for true power resides within and is God given.
Of you who have never been to edge, never had the cocked gun in your mouth, never the rope on the beam overhead, never despaired of life, never fallen into an spiritual abyss so devastating that the next breath is an agony...you will find this idea fantastic...''normal people do not respond that way'' ...that is what the spiritually crushed, alcoholic, drug dependant victims of our societies, continually hear, that and ''why don't you pull your self together''....this rigour passes for compassion in our societies.
The reason, it is so, is that the victims who litter or crises centers, our hospices, our mental institutions...terrify society. There is always the knowledge in each and everyone, that the smallest mistake or life accident can propel each and everyone to such an horrendous destination.
I am a survivor of such and outcome....I talk glibly of the journey...I make light of it...for nobody really wants to know....the destruction is profoundly life altering, and it frightens ''normal men''...there's that word again....''normal men''.
Give thanks to who ever, or what ever you believe in, that you don't understand what I am talking about.....to those of you who have been this journey...God bless.
THEY DO GREAT WORK AND ARE TRUELY BLESSED.
I know most of you guys think I am a ''God bother''....it may be the truth....it depends on you point of view....I am just grateful to have survived...
and have the wonderful life I have today....to have the opportunity to share with you...