Ok, it’s day 4 in the New Year and I am sitting down trying to build this blog in some sort of organized fashion so that a reader can follow a train of thought and arrive at a logical conclusion. However, as I begin to write, I am struck by a sound bite on television made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. His statement that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” succinctly expresses a common belief and pitfall found in nearly all of us.
First of all, Jeff Sessions is not qualified to define “good people”. All people are valuable and worthy simply because of their existence and it is wrong to suggest that people are either “good” or “bad” because of their behavior. We are not defined by our behavior. Behavior fluctuates with positive or negative energy such as moods, backgrounds, mental states, physical states, so on and so forth. Of course human beings are capable of horrific behaviors but even those do not completely alter the worthiness of the individual. Someone who might be considered completely worthless would have to be devoid of any positive quality whatsoever and it is unclear whether or not any human being is capable of making that determination.
Sessions’ implication, of course, is that smoking marijuana is bad, irresponsible behavior. The logical conclusion, therefore, is that only bad people engage in bad behavior. The logic is flawed, of course, but more of us than would like to admit, are guilty of it. You may cringe at Sessions’ judgmental faux-pas, but do you employ the same logic at times, especially with yourself? Do you judge yourself or others based on behaviors of the past? Do you judge yourself based on your accomplishments or lack thereof? Do you believe that it is adherence to a code of right and wrong that will win you favor with the Almighty? Of course there is such a thing as injustice when we violate the rights of others, but that implies a debt rather than the loss of worthiness.
God does not judge you based on whether or not you “keep the rules”. You judge yourself! If you eat potato chips and drink sodas every day then your health suffers. If you lie and cheat in business it catches up with you. If you ignore the rules of success then you scrape to get by. God’s laws and principles are already set in place and it is up to us to either surrender to them or not. Our behavior is simply reflected by our degree of surrender. If “good people” don’t smoke marijuana, does that mean that “good people” do not gossip or tell white lies? Does it mean that “good people” are not overweight or ill due to poor nutrition or lack of exercise?
Smoking marijuana is neither good nor bad… unless you believe it is! It may however be detrimental or beneficial to your physical body or mental state (not to mention legal status). It is similar to drinking wine. In moderation, it may enhance one’s enjoyment of Life. In excess it may be a hindrance in reaching your personal goals (at least the really important ones). At any rate, that is a determination best left between an individual and his Higher Power!
The lesson to take away from this asinine statement is that we all are guilty of making erroneous judgments, especially with regard to morality. However, do we feel like we always have to “get it right”? Do we find ourselves being overly critical of our behavior instead of simply enjoying Serenity and Peace where Wisdom, Love and Joy abide? Remember, it isn’t so much what you do, as it is allowing where you are to influence what you do!