We Are What We Do And No More!


We Are The Sum Of What We Do, Not What We Imagine Of Ourselves!

When I was a young man – born 1958 in the US Midwest and reared latchkey by a single mother and 2 older sisters (and a baby brother) – the feminist movement was gaining speed, due in large part to the literal beatings and/or the psychological abuses that wives had endured for generations previously. However, once women had the ability to gain their own money resources, independent of men, the need for marriage relationships (specifically) within Mammon serving economic models, was already dwindling.
But for most of human time, all resources were gained by sweat Labor. For females holding resources, and living among stronger males who could (and often would) physically overwhelm them; this meant that they needed a male around just to protect them from material losses, or rape, or disfigurement, or even death.
However, as time passed, and expanded employment options, coupled with stronger laws against such aggressive behavior; this is what fueled the (now) empowered feminist movement, which shaped my mother and sisters, and by osmosis, us boys as well. To clarify: I am egalitarian, not a feminist, which is too often a cloak for misandry, subtle or brazen.
I remember a metaphorical life lesson that was a telling and chilling reality in my time: the beaten wife analogy! You see a housewife out in public, and each time, she (either) has a black eye, or a broken bone, or some other physical sign of injury. However, when the husband is asked if he did it, he assures everyone that he loves his wife and would never harm her; that her visible injuries are due to her clumsiness. After way too many times, witnessing her injuries, and even though she too, assures everyone that it's her fault, which do you believe? What you hear? Or what you see?
All women (with rare exception), will believe that the husband is lying; he must lie, really, knowing that he could go to jail, be criminalized or lose child custody (if there are kids) if he confessed to the beatings. The wife too, knows of this outcome, and thus for all intents, exposure would end her marriage, at least as it once was. Perhaps she comes from poverty; or is uneducated; is not able to support herself and offspring. She is in a conundrum and compromises because of it. Read The Financial Dependence of Woman.
Notwithstanding, the moral of the ditty is simple: Do you believe the words? Or the physical signs of the beatings? You see, there are many reasons that people will bend truth, or more often just outright lie, in order to fit the narrative they believe is necessary to survive, or just to get their way in life. But a truth is not a truth, simply because a person says it and believes it; truth has evidence.

It Is Not What Comes Out A Mouth; Only What Comes Out Of A Life!

We are summarized, not in what we say or think or believe: We are what we do, and no more! Everything else is tainted with delusion, to a lesser or greater degree. Our action, and as importantly, our inaction (e.g. not beating your spouse); that is the sum of truth, and not what we say or even believe is true: Words are mere noise, void of action (1Co 13). Talk ain't cheap, it's free!
Character shows itself in action, whereas personality is a character mask used to fool others. No truer idiom exists: Stupid is as stupid does! And the problem with stupid people (the bulk of the human species), is that the ego is impacted whenever a person is called stupid, or is made to seem or look stupid.
The problem persists, because (candidly), stupid people are too stupid to know they are stupid, explaining why they never admit to it, or seek to change it; most die still stupid. The tree is indeed, known by the visible fruit it bears (Matt 7): Wise! All true wisdom comes only from YHVH (James 3), and from there, can be transmitted from person to person (though that is rare).
To continue be candid here, it does not even matter if that beaten wife, believes that her husband loves her, and that his temper/anger, and all the subsequent acts of violence or meanness against her, are the result of his own abusive childhood (or whatever): She too, can justify or rationalize it, all she wants, but in fact, she is experiencing spousal abuse. But Love centered men prevent (or at least speak out against) abuse against women, they/we do not perpetrate it, or justify it away.
When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He shall sit upon the throne of His glory. Before Him shall be gathered all nations, and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats. And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand: Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me meat; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came unto Me! Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and gave You drink? When did we see You a stranger and took You in? Or naked and clothed You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came unto You?
And the King shall answer and say unto them: Verily I say unto you: Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, My brethren, you have done it unto Me! Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand: Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you gave Me no meat; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you took Me not in; naked and you clothed Me not; sick, and in prison, and you visited Me not. Then shall they also answer Him, saying: Lord, when did we see You hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto You? Then shall He answer them, saying: Verily I say unto you: Inasmuch as you did it not, to one of the least of these, you did it not unto Me! And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.
(Matt 25:31–46)
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Messiah Yeshua, The Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there comes unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment, and you have respect to him that wears the fine clothing, and say unto him: 'Sit here in a good place' but say to the poor: 'Stand there or sit here under my footstool,' are you not then partial in yourselves, and have become judges with evil thoughts? Hearken my beloved brethren; has not Elohim chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which He has promised to them that Love Him? But you have despised the poor! Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do they not blaspheme that worthy name by which you are called? If you fulfill the Royal Law, according to the scripture: You shall Love your neighbor as yourself! In this you will do well.
But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the Torah as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For He that said: Do not commit adultery, said also: Do not kill! Now, if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you have become a transgressor of the Torah. So you, speak and do, as they that shall be judged by the Law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, he that has showed no mercy, and mercy rejoices against judgment. What does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you says unto them: Depart in peace, be warmed and filled! Notwithstanding, you give them not, those things which are needful to the body, what does it profit? Even so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone.
Yea, a man may say: You have faith and I have works! Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one Creator; you do well! The devils also believe, and tremble. But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father, justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? See how faith was wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which says: Abraham believed Elohim, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness! And he was called the friend of Elohim. You see then how that by works, a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also, was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the soul is dead, so faith without works is dead also. (James 2)

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