Guilt, music, babies, and God (Originally Published On 02/15/2019)

Sometimes I'm tempted to consider the possibility that Catholic doctrine has a point in the cultivation of what can be called "guilt culture" insomuchas when I consider the actuality of what any honest Christian would admit: that Christ wants me to live for him and him only. In this thought I am brought very low.

Consider that my musicianship is something that should be given to his purpose though I have heard, from some I consider mature Christians, that there is nothing wrong with playing or writing a love song to a girlfriend or wife or the sort, but even there I find my battle with whether I have Christ as the single most important person in my life.

The way I learned this whole faith thing was that I do what I believe is right while I base what I believe is right on Biblical text and in theory I find the perspective that God saw fit to include a book like the Song of Solomon in the Bible, a book about love - with some detail at that. There is no conflict there. This is where I find my opinion on music and, to some extent, love.

I think it is a good when the notion being held in my contemplative mind is something to the effect of 'how may I love life in light of my constant discovery of Gods desire to have me live for him only?' This is a notion that some could suggest I'm splitting hairs about, but I would politely disagree; the notion of understanding - not rewriting or repurposing - Gods desire for the individual is a task one should invest in and investigate. I would at some point, after attempting to understand this desire, have to arrive at the conclusion that the Christian is obligated with the responsibility of recognizing that life - in almost all situations - has a value.

This value is not typically explicit and is sometimes reduced as one moves away from that area wherein the value is not only increased but is used in the life of the individual for betterment of the relations that have come to occur; inherently this means that all humans have some value when born. This value does not usually decrease through the formitive years, and yes this is a generalization, a reasonable generalization.

There are a few reasons why the value of a one would fall, typically at an older age, as one who has experienced life to some degree and insists on living in a way that fills the life of those around them with havoc and choas. Even then, there is still room for improvement, rehabilitation - a sort of reconstitution of thought.

Let's hop straight to the big question: when does life lose its value? See, at a point, the question deviates from the outward and becomes an infestation of demeaning thoughts that entangle the mind. Life begins to lose value when the loss of value is the only gain. It is truly the focus of the mind. It is a sad state of affairs. I could not place an emphasis on education while not caring about a child after it has been born and have some coherent argument. In fact, I would say that instead of the criticism parents should be involved with the questioning of material the child is typically scolded for.

You have to show your concern if there is some concern that is yours to show.

Thanks for reading.