Dictionary.com defines the meaning of the term “Interior” as being derived directly from the Latin to mean “inner, interior, middle” and being comparable to the adjective of inter “within.” When we think of interior we tend to think of inside of a thing, e.g. house, country, box, etc. We think of something to be found, explored, or discovered, possibly? Something intriguing to all that is inside. The suspense of what could be gained. The hope that may be fulfilled. Or that thing that has yet to be revealed.
An Alternate Angle
Have you seen the movie The Purge pt. 1, 2, or 3 ?
For me, this film noir was designed to offer up an example of an option of release. A way to express something on the interior. But not the interior of a what, but rather a who… I’ll come back to this in a sec.
The plot of The Purge. Dir. James DeMonaco. Universal, 2013. Film. is…
“an annual national civic tradition called “The Purge”, the first of which takes place in 2017. The Purge occurs for 12 hours, from 7 p.m. March 21 to 7 a.m. March 22, during which all crime is legal and all police, fire, and medical emergency services remain unavailable. Restrictions prohibit government officials “ranking 10” from being disturbed, as well as the use of all weapons above Class 4 (explosive devices such as grenades, rocket launchers, and bazookas). Violation of Purge rules results in a summary execution by hanging. The Purge has resulted in unemployment rates plummeting to 1%, low crime, and a strong economy. “
Emphasis given on the phrase “…has resulted in unemployment rates plummeting to 1%, low crime, and a strong economy… “ Really?! Can we sincerely attribute the result of such behaviors as having a positive outcome?
Q. Who is the who I mentioned previously?
Which brings me to the question of how?
As in, how can “purging” possibly be so freeing by inflicting harm onto others?
Yea, sure, I get the whole releasing the pent-up stress concept. But how about practicing yoga, meditation, or tai chi, instead?
Why must we hurt, betray, berate, maim, or kill anyone as a means to an end of pleasure?
Yes, a lot of questions, I know. Thing is, these are all questions we should be asking ourselves. Why must we hurt as opposed to love in our quests for release?
Pain is inevitable, but why we choose to create it is beyond me nor do I wish to understand.
Matters of the Heart
The same way we find pleasure in hurting, we can obtain the same if not a greater amount of pleasure from the alternative, which is love. We live in an age where it is absurd to do what feels good for the sake of appeasing our brother, sister, or neighbor. This is to many of us the norm, or the “way things are” sadly enough. What feels right to many of us is how much actual suffering we can accomplish in order to purge what feels uncomfortable within us. Granted, what is uncomfortable creates a state of dis-ease. We desire for the disease to have an instant cure or for to go away now!
We tend to believe that the more we hurt, the better it feels – but does it really feel better?
Or are we just masking the real pain. The pain of not knowing how to forgive those that trespass against us. This is why prayer works! We don’t have to DO anything. We have the power and privilege of asking God or the Source of all creation to do it for us.
“seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Matthew 6:33
What things you ask?
His answer is stated in Galatians 5:22-23: 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.
You will obtain these things. Did you also hear that against such things there is no law? NO LAW? As in NOTHING has power or control over these things. They are yours for the taking and they reap a much better reward than shedding the blood of another.
But of course, this is all subjective, or is it?
It Starts from Within
Below, I have shared links to two similar blogs I have posted on this subject. With all due respect, I am in no way trying to tell anyone how or what to think. I blog because, well I’ve already explained all that. But back to the matter at hand… I just plead that we come together in together in 2017 and better than ever before, add a little change to our perspectives (at least a little), and try to take back what God intended for humanity. We were never created to hurt one another just to then proceed to take solace in that. Like what Eve did to Adam but lying and deceiving him. Or what their son Cain did to his brother Able; killing him and covering it up. Both their blatant and hidden deceits will forever reside in their souls. Besides, some of us are living from those same souls and still trying to learn the lessons their mistakes and afflictions created.
We tend to believe doing bad in retaliation of an act against us that felt bad feels good because it is an equal and opposite reaction (Thanks Newton)! But this call is not our call to make. If we continue to think there is no end to our suffering, then the disease that is destined to come of this thinking begins to grow inside of us because it has festered too long.
Ultimately, each one of us has what it takes to reverse what is killing us on the inside. An INcurable disease is cured from withIN. Thankfully, for me, I have found the anecdote. It’s called GRATITUDE!