Everybody’s wondering how to find solutions to society’s problems. But you can’t effectively treat an illness by treating symptoms. You must know and treat the root cause.
If someone comes to me who is struggling in some aspect of their life or business, I immediately try to find the root cause. This could be a belief, idea or habit (usually caused by trauma or conditioning) that is rippling out into the person’s actions and is producing the symptomatic problems.
As I have observed and ferreted through society’s disturbing symptoms of terror, hate, anger, murder and depravity, I have followed the trail back to one root cause.
No One Else Is Talking About This (That I Know Of)
I’ve seen lots of opinions offered, but I haven’t seen anyone else hit upon this one. Hate has been mentioned, but what is at the root of hate? You have to dig deeper than hate. Hate is a symptom of a root cause. You, see if you are suffering from a bad enough case of this root cause, you HAVE to hate anyone who doesn’t agree with you… but I’ll get to why that is in a moment.
I’d like to add, there’s no pointing fingers here. I’ve experienced this ugly root cause as well. None of us is fully immune to the malady that ails us.
So What Is the Root Cause?
In a word: Idolatry. That’s an Old Testament word most of us think was reserved for past generations who worshiped wood and stone idols. Surely, modern society is too sophisticated for that. But, hear me out.
People invent their own ideological gods who will condone their own lusts and desires, making the activities and habits that grow from them acceptable.
Our gods morph to our imaginative indulgences and carnal depravity.
We govern our make-believe gods with relative standards. Whatever feels good, feeds our egos, or justifies our behavior is the god-condoned course.
Since our ideological gods are defenseless, they require defending. In actuality, their only substance is our own egos which makes defending them a first order of priority. Any attack against them is an attack against our egos. Defending these ego-driven gods includes:
- condoning anger towards those who believe differently than we do,
- hateful remarks,
- lying to those who disagree with us,
- hating, abusing or even killing those who do not conform to our ideological gods.
- transforming the bloodthirst of mass murder into god-commanded behavior.
The Solution – Follow the True God
One day we will each come to the rude awakening that God is an actual being with a personality and an absolute identity who lives by a set of eternal absolute truths which lead to ultimate joy.
His unwavering adherence to eternal truths is perhaps the very reason He is God.
For us, living by those truths is rarely the easy or cushy path.
The true God’s path is a plan of ultimate happiness which requires
- discipline and
But the rewards are great. A life of discipleship accesses an enabling power (aka grace) that changes our hearts. Grace eventually conquers our carnal desires until we have no more disposition to do evil but to do good continually. This means…
- Out goes hate; in comes love.
- Out goes revenge; in comes forgiveness.
- Out goes misery; in comes joy.
- Out goes death; in comes life.
- Out goes slavery; in comes freedom.
- Out goes destruction; in comes restoration.
The true God saves, loves, and heals those who come under His protective wings.
We access the power of His grace by
- striving to truly know Him and
- demonstrating our love for Him by keeping His commandments.
The gods of our imagination who condone our bad behavior and base passions are only illusions. They never had and never will have the power to save, heal, deliver or perfect us. Like dumb idols of stone and wood they stand idly by as we destroy ourselves.