After an interesting back and forth email conversation with a very dear lady this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about consequences. It can be all too easy to become cynical: we see bankers who have supposedly “broken” our economy get away with it, we hear (constantly, it seems) in the news about families who abuse and even kill their children without any of the agencies in place preventing it, we see wars breaking out over ideology or religion or flat out hatred (all three of those may be one and the same) without any sort of “come to Jesus” retribution/responsibility coming up.
Of course, all of the above are media portrayals, and therefore highly suspect. You may think I’m kidding, but I’m really not.
So what about consequences for our actions? Have we reached a point, as a society, where we are left to wait for Karma or the Judgement Day?
Before I drive myself up a tree puzzling through potential answers to that question, I’ll share some other thoughts on consequences.
“Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” ~ Stephen R. Covey
“Consequences are unpitying.” ~ George Eliot
“The consequences of our actions take hold of us, quite indifferent to our claim that meanwhile we have ‘improved.'” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are only consequences.” ~ Robert G. Ingersoll
Have I answered any of my ponderings and wonderings? Probably not. But it’s a step on the path…
Blessings to you all, and never give up!