Think before you act


“ In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer-Letters and Papers from Prison

I have just finished watching on TV the Chicago Police Department responding to the Jussie Smollett case. According to evidence uncovered by the Chicago Police, Jussie Smollett a black actor and celebrity, staged a racial attack on himself, thinking it would help him in salary negotiations for his acting role. Social media, Main Street News and politicians aided him in his victimhood by trumpeting preconceived ideas and by using minimum critical thinking in their dissemination of news.

Their have been countless issues in 2019 where many people have jumped to conclusions based on their ideology instead of waiting for facts.

Peaceful street protests are usurped by violent parts of society with an agenda on both the left and right.

The middle class is eroding and the divide between have and have nots is increasing leading to greater anger and social pressures.

We have to get a grip, be more rational in our thoughts, be more responsible on social media and not follow the mob mentality.

The seven social sins were first formulated in a sermon given by an Anglican priest Frederick Lewis Donaldson in 1925.

I think the above seven social sins formulated by reverend Frederick Donaldson and adopted by Gandhi are just as relevant today as in 1925.

Politics with principles.

Commerce with morality.

Science with humanity.

This is my little rant in response to watching todays news.

9 thoughts on “Think before you act

    1. The first thing that comes to mind is to be responsible and discerning in our own actions and not follow the mob. To look at both sides of issues, think,pray, before reaching a conclusion. Oh. Oh. I’m starting a blog in the comments section. Thanks for visiting Violet.

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  1. The seven social sins are wonderful guiding principles of what NOT to do. It would be a lovely mantra to turn those around into a positive vision (changing the “without” to “with”). The sad part to me of the degradation of our civilization is that it all comes down to choice. We have the power to change the world this afternoon, if only we choose to. ❤

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    1. I agree Diana I prefer positive statements to negative. There is hope. A high profile politician in Canada just quit the Cabinet where she was Treasury Minister due to an ethical principal. I think that has to be a recent first for a politician.

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