I read an interesting editorial this morning. The author suggested that we only know our neighbors by their actions and we seldom inquire about the trials and tribulations that have lead them to those actions. We are too quick to judge. We too often ignore. We too often rely on gossip and reputation.
The article was written in 1895.
I found myself wondering if human beings have really evolved as much as we like to think. Oh, we have our wonderful gadgets and devices. We have conveniences and luxuries. We have more knowledge and perhaps more ideas than our ancestors. We are more tolerant and understanding of others…or at least we say we are. But when life gets down to the basics we are faced with the evidence that nothing in our modern world gives us any more assurance of happiness or health than the lifestyle of any previous generation. Our relationships are based on factors that cannot be purchased. Our health is based on factors beyond our control.
The Bible has always warned us of the dangers of judging others, relying on our own vanity, being too confident in our abilities. I’m thankful that an editor from the distant past provided a little reminder this morning.