January 18, 2020-
Much of the past two decades has seen me fairly being fairly comforted by those around me. Even two rather difficult people, with whom I had to interact for a time, in the mid-2010’s, were at least offering constructive criticism, rather than trying to see me on a path of destruction.
So, it was rather jarring, last night, to open a message feed and hear a slew of expletives, directed towards both me and my late wife (who has been gone for nearly nine years). It thus became only the third time I have felt it necessary to block someone from access to my social media. While I can blow off people cussing at me, to a fair extent, I draw the line at my nearest and dearest-especially the departed.
I know that modern-day America behaves as if there are no sacred cows, or anything else that is sacrosanct. This is the Age of Comedy Central, Cartoon Network and all manner of bottom feeders.
We Baha’is are taught that no one should be considered as a desolate soul or beyond salvation. It’s certainly reasonable to recognize that the Supreme Being has it in His power, to make gold out of mud, and thus we mortals are in no position to judge anyone, in perpetuity. We are also taught, however, to guard ourselves from those who mean us harm. A soul lasts for eternity and enabling someone, in his/her bad behaviour, is doing no one any favours.
It is entirely possible to love a person and take the steps needed to safeguard everyone involved. I did so last night, and this morning. The hate-filled individual cannot harm me, nor can he denigrate Penny, at any time in the foreseeable future.