Have You Discovered Your Heart?
I had a conversation with my fiancé yesterday about our hearts. I told him our minds lie to us. Our thoughts and minds are like the serpent that spoke in the ear of Eve in the Garden of Eden. Living a full life, a wholesome and virtuous life, comes from living a life that is indicative of listening to one’s heart as opposed to our thoughts, brain, or mind. Although our thoughts, brains, minds all serve an intricate purpose for our survival – they cannot teach us how to manifest the “fruits of the spirit” ordained by God. Galatians 5:22, 23 states: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” These fruit reside in our hearts.
Laws exist due to the goings on of our minds. Reasoning is because of the nature that we as humans live in a state of perpetual “state of war.” Laws exist because man needs protection under the sovereignty of the law, but he still possesses a sense of human dignity independent of sanctioning by civil laws of the nation. This human dignity resides in the heart. Therefore, laws are a byproduct of man’s reprehensible treatment towards man.
As spoken by Immanuel Kant, in his Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals, “rational being exists as an end in himself,” (p.573). That “categorical imperative” that man must do unto himself, as he would wish done unto him is legislation enough. God Himself to Noah similarly expressed this ideology in the book of Genesis (KJV) that man must not shed the blood of man, lest his own blood be shed. Human dignity is inherent in the souls of humanity i.e. heart.
How is this so? In a myriad of ways and platforms. Again, literature, for instance shows signs of this evidence in a number of places. E.g. in Lattimore’s (1951) Iliad of Homer by the compassion of the gods to intervene on the behalf of a corpse whom they believed had the right to a dignified burial. It was apparent in Grene’s (1987) Histories of Herodotus’ ten soldiers who could not find it in their will to take the life of an innocent baby, although it was predetermined to overthrow the kings of Corinth. Human dignity existed in a man who could not live to face his family suffering for having pride and dignity for their welfare, sought it best to take his own life in Willa Cather’s My Antonia (Kass, 2004).
What about that which is in us that persists to be even when our bodies have given out on us? Such as the washwoman in Singer’s (1994) In My Father’s Court, that woman was dignified enough not to die without first getting the laundry back to the family who awaited it. It still leaves tears in my eyes as I write this post. As well as the gentleman who consistently brought charity to one less fortunate than him every year on Thanksgiving, even if he did not have anything left for himself like The Old Gentlemen in O’ Henry’s Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen.
Those examples are indicative of the human dignity of which I am familiar. No laws, sanctions, or doctrines instill that within us. Laws, sanctions, and doctrines borne from our thoughts, brains, minds, and/or egos are merely there to protect those from many who choose to exploit that kind of dignity from those in a perpetual state of war seeking to take advantage of them.
But, nonetheless do these by any means justify our right to human dignity. It is not something that man can just call into existence and dismiss it as vain. It comes from a much deeper place, our hearts. When a thing or experience pulls on our heartstrings – it makes us respond. In our hearts exists a place we long to connect to because without its presence we become void. Human dignity is not something we need to receive any justification for, it is simply a large part of what makes us who we are. Souls that evolve though our hearts.
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