This is such a tough principle to navigate! How much should we “stand our ground”, and how much should we simply let people be the people they are, even if it steps on our toes?
I think this is one of the greatest philosophical questions we face as humans, and how we face it says a great deal about what kind of people we are. (And I don’t think I understand it all myself—just that it’s of huge importance.)
How curious that a man Can be willing to do a thing And yet not be willing to be it— That he will commit to it outwardly And even for impressive periods of time And yet not love it with all his inner being— And live on for years divided about it in his spirit!
People’s minds are messy. In many things involving both our understanding And the way we explain that understanding We are fuzzy and imprecise and technically incorrect In some regards, even if not in every regard.
She gives in buckets— Pouring herself out daily Even though she totally Knows the routine by now— That when he gives It’s usually with an eyedropper, And even then, it’s Only when he finds it Strategically necessary.
And he does his best Not to think anything Of the huge difference Between them, For if he did, It might prick his conscience. And that, he thinks, Must be avoided At all costs.
And she does her best Not to think anything Of the huge difference Between them, For if she did, It might tweak her pride. And that, she thinks, Must be avoided At all costs.
So she still gives in buckets.
And I cannot help But to compare them both To myself. And I am in between And deeply convicted That I do not Give in buckets More often.
NOTE: He routinely decouples from his conscience, while she routinely decouples from her pride. It is a fundamental difference in paradigms.
There is in this world a chance That too few ever seem to realize. It is the chance to make develop oneself Into a fine human, well-versed in The wisdom of the ages, And a living blessing to those around us— All in honor of the goodness of God, Who designed and created us in his image.