In another time and place people gunning for other people’s money might not have gotten away with financially abusing the elderly, or stealing what they knew rightfully didn’t belong to them. If someone did manage to foist a slick maneuver on a credulous cousin, thanks to a community set of standards, behavior would probably goad the crooked toward honesty.
Thankfully, the society we presently live in gives everyone, including us, the freedom to be the judge and jury of our own actions.
Gone are the days where a canon of right and wrong applied to everyone’s life. Thankfully, it is no longer stylish to measure thought, word, and deed against a code of ethics that, if adhered to, would direct the heart and mind of even the most determined heister toward God and what He would have us do.
Proverbs 21:2 says: “All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.” And ain’t that the truth! Wait…only the ‘all a man’s…right to him’ part. The ‘Lord weighs the heart’ is a verse best left on the cutting room floor along side that annoying, ‘Do unto others …[and]… What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?”
Truth is, in order to sear your own conscience to the point where you can rationalize stealing a birthright and still feel vindicated while, and after doing it, takes a concerted effort, but nonetheless can be done.
One way is to play the game Twister, but play it within your head. If something seems wrong…contort and twist a stop-on-red thought until it turns to go-for-it green. Focus on the go-go green and regardless of how pretzel-like a mental position it requires to maintain that belief — stay there and refuse to be moved.
Another proven tactic is to hang around with people who live by the secular philosophy: “It may be wrong to you, but not to me.” People who say things like: “There is no ‘truth’ because truth is relative to each individual. That’s what NAMBLA members tell themselves so, if it works for a group of child abusing perverts, it should work for you.
That way, other’s will help fill out your wrong-is-right and right-wrong, evil-is-good and good-evil team, which benefits the belief system that all the wrong decisions you are working so hard to convince yourself are right are, indeed, right.
In the end, after you’ve paid the lawyer and breathed a huge sigh of relief, relish the knowledge that you ‘Got away with it.’ However, if you should become uncomfortable with what you did, just make a list of things you consider to be worse like rape, murder, cannibalism and voting for a Democrat.
Tell yourself that unjustly punishing an innocent person by wresting what’s theirs from the feeble hands of an elderly parent isn’t as bad as beheading someone. Is it?
Someday, when you’re old and money doesn’t matter any more, your compulsive-gambling husband has passed on, and the kid you did it all for has grown up and done unto you, what you’ve done unto others; on that day, try not to dwell on the fact that all that matters in the end is how you treated your fellow man.
If at the end of your life when reviewing your decisions an icky feeling comes over you, filling you with regret, and keeping you up at night …pray that the same dementia your aged aunt suffered from many years ago, is also part of the family DNA.
And if it is, hope to God it rears its ugly genetic head and helps you forget the injustices you inflicted on those who for many years, deep-down inside you knew full well really didn’t deserve it.