The Easter holiday is fast approaching. Even the US President, who doesn’t appear to be particularly religious in the traditional sense, is predicting a holiday miracle to our current world health crisis. Unbelievable, right? In prior years, families would begin to buy Easter clothes for church, prepare baskets for children, and think about the menu for family gatherings. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and social distancing will prevent some of this from happening in 2020. But it won’t necessary change the historical legacy and symbolism of this sacred holiday. In fact, I am looking forward to watching one of my favorite childhood religious movies, The Ten Commandments, that occurs around Easter each year. My young mind internalized the moral principles outlined in the story about Moses and the Israelites journey to freedom. It laid down my spiritual foundation into adulthood.
So as we approach this Easter, a thought occurred to me, one that generated a little more fear and apprehension, especially during these troubling times. What if humanity were placed on trial and judged today, not by loved ones, enablers, or friends, but a divine judge with wisdom to critique our actions? Would we be afraid of the verdict? A member of my tribe used to refer to individuals who do not take personal responsibility (defending their unjust actions or using the technique called “gas lighting”) as being “wrong” and “strong” at the same time. I connected to his word choice because this is exactly what some people will resort to if confronted. They could be absolutely wrong in a matter but will strongly fight for their position instead of acknowledging the mistake. Something most definitely would have been said!
In the interest of minimizing any confusion, there are a wide range of questions one could ask (LOL … 50 Cent gave us 21 relationship questions) to judge your behavior to see if you or others have been “wrong” and “strong”. I can’t tell you what specific questions will resonate for you but the traditional ones, including those outlined in The Ten Commandments, might be a good starting point.
Self Assessment Questions
Who am I?
Where am I?
Why am I where I am?
What do I intend to do about that?Neal Donald Walsh
All of these questions may lead one to take personal accountability for your life circumstances. Without taking this first step, it will be difficult to assume responsibility for your interactions with other humans and the state of our world. Judgement begins with a simple self assessment. If you really want to cut through the BS (wrong and strong mental gymnastics), there are more than 21 questions to contemplate.
Enter, stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn.
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.
J. K. ROWLING, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone