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Dear Diary:

Historically when we can’t explain a blessing, we call it a miracle and thank our gods.

When we can’t explain a tragedy, we call it a curse and blame our demons.

When people behave with goodness, we call them saints. No explanation is needed.

When they behave badly we call them stupid or evil. No explanation is expected or excuse accepted.

When you REALLY hate someone, you are resistant to any possible explanation. You cannot listen to the devil, his accomplices, spin-doctors or apologists.

You will resonate with the enemies of your enemies and form a coalition of truth-speakers.

Still, no explanation is possible. We know the other is evil and any postulated explanation is trickery!

Yet, while our knowledge is forever finite, our ignorance is eternally infinite. Learning must endure and carry us through civil complexity and chaos to some better world beyond. Like love itself, forgiveness, tolerance, gratitude and compassion will support and nurture the learning process, the seeking of explanation. Don’t wait for the evil ones to capitulate, confess and surrender. Good people initiate and propagate goodness. The wise do this strategically.

The greatest advancements in the past 150 years are largely ignored. They have come in the realm of our essential being. Progress in psychology is more than mythology. It is more than an entertaining curiosity. It is a continuous improvement process in human self-awareness and human relations. It is the path toward human enlightenment and actualization of all human potential.

Psychology, as a scientific discipline has come a long way from Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Wundt. It needs to be further moved from the clinics and classrooms and from the pages of journals. It needs to be placed in daily practice in each of us who would aspire to full health and well-being.

Practice makes progress.

“I’m just sayin’…”

Published by Randal B. Adcock

Independent author on philosophy and the human condition The ideas expressed in this blog are wholly my own and do not represent the opinions of any other organization or entity.

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