Two interesting stories caught my eye in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on 11-17-11. The first story on the front page reported that the Minnesota state Supreme Court suspended Hennepin County judge Patricia Kerr Karasov for six months without pay, for violating the constitution when she lived outside the county for three months and then misled investigators about it. The Supreme Court found that Patricia Kerr Karasov’s statements and letter to the judicial board contained “an affirmative misrepresentation” and “Material omissions.” The second story on the front page of the Local section, reported that an 11-year-old boy was tired of smelling the marijuana from his mother and stepfather and reported the drug use with photos, to his biological father, who turned the information over to the police.
In both of these instances we see the people wielding power over other’s lives (judge and parent), inadequately living within the high moral and ethical codes of conduct we may expect. Interestingly, the mother of the 11-year-old charged with drug possession, is/was a Dakota County community corrections supervisor. We may wonder if those in power are not making moral or ethical decisions, if it is necessary that we really need to live moral, ethical lives.
I believe that we are all interconnected. The reverberations or ramifications of our actions and inactions have lasting consequences in our life or future lives. Karma is the belief that all deeds are viewed as actively shaping past, present, and future experiences. This belief in essence explains that one’s actions, conduct, and moral behavior during the successive phases of one’s existence, determine one’s destiny. I believe that we each choose at a soul level to learn balance and love for all. As a result, it usually follows that “what goes around, comes around” or “we reap what we sow.”
Though I don’t believe God to be a judgmental, vindictive God, we are here to learn, grow, and evolve in love. That being said, when we don’t act in a loving manner, we (at a soul level) choose to learn the consequences of this behavior and how to create or manifest a loving life. When we hurt another, because we are interconnected, we are hurting our self.
According to Robert Schwartz, who writes in his book “Courageous Souls,” “Life challenges give us the opportunity to express and thus know ourselves more deeply as love in all its many facets: empathy, forgiveness, patience, non-judgment, courage, balance, acceptance, and trust.” He goes on to state, “Love is the primary theme of pre-birth planning.” When we live outside of these morals and ethical ideals, we minimize our feelings of interconnectedness, inhibit intuitive messages, lower our energy, and create a negative karmic type cycle. In other words, it really does matter if we live a moral ethical life, we will reap what we sow.
Peter “Dale” Winbrow Sr. published the poem, “The Man In The Glass” in 1934. This timeless poem says it well. See: http://www.squidoo.com/man-in-the-glass-poem Michael Jackson made a similar statement with his song “Man In The Mirror”. See:
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