In medicine (and some other disciplines, I believe), there’s something called “threshold” in simple terms ( and I know ‘simple’ is relative), it is the point at which a stimulus first produces a sensation or the lowest limit that must be reached before an effect is produced. So we say things like “that guy has a high threshold for pain”, meaning its takes more for him to feel pain than it does for most people. So you get the point, I hope.
Anyway, this isn’t a medically oriented lecture (was that a sigh of relief?), it’s actually about human kinetics!! Just kidding:). Its about you, me and life.
I realized that in this ever changing world as new generations sprout and grow our perception of what’s right and what’s not seems to be evolving. Things that were once taboos became minor sins, now they are tolerable and soon would become acceptable. Our threshold of perception of wrong seems to have increased (and is still increasing).
The young man stole, so what? He didnt kill anyone. So he smokes, at least it isn’t cocaine. So she dresses indecently, at least she’s not promiscuous. So he is gay, at least he’s not transgender. its an endless list of what’s wrong and what’s not so wrong.
But why? I ask. Why do we tolerate today things that were inconceivable yesterday. There might be a myraid of reasons, but one comes to mind-the power of numbers. Some time ago, being homosexual was some sort of taboo, a man could hardly stand boldly and say “look here, I’m gay”, but as more people saw it as a way of life, it didn’t seem as bad as it did before, so even more people got involved, became bold and spoke out, and gradually the voice of sanity was drowned out.
The more people accept and potray these vices (particularly people we look up to; superstars, religious leaders etc.) the less abominable they appear and soon we wonder why we ever thought these things were wrong. This process is so subconcious that we dont even notice as our threshold rises higher and higher…..Now even the most insane things appear ‘ok’.
If you want to be among the generation of people with unequivocally low thresholds, these are my reccomendations.
1) Set a standard based God’s word, not on a man’s interpretation of it. Remember
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
If God didn’t accept it a thousand years ago, he wont accept it now, not even if the whole world does (churches inclusive).
2) Keep watch on your heart.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
3) Dont be scared to stand alone. Its better to learn to stand alone now (low threshold and all) because in the end, thats what its going to be.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (Empasis added by me).
To a generation of people with low thresholds for whats wrong. Cheers!
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