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“If man were infinitely malleable, there would have been nor revolutions; there would have been no change because a culture would have succeeded in making man submit to its patterns without resistance. But man, being only relatively malleable, has always reacted with protest against conditions which made the disequilibrium between the social order and his human needs too drastic or unbearable. The attempt to reduce this disequilibrium and the need to establish a more acceptable and desirable solution is at the very core of the dynamism of the evolution of man in history. Man’s protest arose not only because of material suffering; specifically human needs…are an equally strong motivation for revolution and the dynamics of change.”― Erich Fromm, The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology
- adj.Capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure.
- adj.Easily controlled or influenced.
What a word… not in my vocabulary any longer, but I see it happening over, and over, and over again daily.
Politics in the USA these days is a topic that is sure to sow dissension. It can cause families and friends to become and remain estranged, perhaps forever.
I have questioned everything since I can remember, and my memory stretches back a long way…
I can remember JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963. I was 25 days shy of my third birthday when I went with my mother to a doctor’s appointment and afterward we were crossing the bridge to go downtown to the grocery store when she heard the news on the radio. She pulled over on the bridge, sobbing. Our black-and-white television was on constantly from then on. I remember watching the President’s funeral sitting on my mom’s lap.
When I say everything, I mean everything.
Larry used to tell me that I questioned more than even he did, and he was Jewish… that’s a high compliment in my book!
I am sure that I drove my mom bonkers. I still recall the look on her face from my early “Why” questions, to the later “Mom, I have a question…” statements.
I start with no preconceived notions.
Why question otherwise?
I use the discernment G-d gave me,
pray for wisdom,
get the facts from both sides,
dream about them,
think for long periods of time,
and overthink about ramifications.
After that process, and only then, will I form a decision.
For every major decision in my life…
My decisions are not immalleable, not set in stone, but when I have made up my mind it takes very persuasive debate, a catastrophic event, or a breach of ethics so egregious that I am sickened by the entire person to elicit change.
I have, however, been called stubborn…
and I’ll take that as a compliment.
Sometimes the only way I can be shaped or formed is by G-d alone. I wrote about the process in Refining my Soul.
G-d has a way of changing the immalleable to putty.
The rigid to liquid.
The hardened steel to red-hot lava.
In fact, my experience has been that to be open to G-d’s guidance I must not only ask with childlike wonder and curiosity, but also be open to every possible answer received.
Including those that are not what I wish to hear.
For instance, it is no secret that I am not happy with the results of the November 2020 election. I am even more unhappy with what I believe is a House and Senate full of turncoats and traitors.
However, what if the current situation in the USA is the defining moment to bring this country back to G-d?
What if the coming days are meant to usher in the great tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ to earth?
What if G-d is so pissed off at the decline of the USA and the ne’er do wells that the people keep electing because they promise one thing from one side of their mouth and deliver quite another – then stay in congress until the day they die because the sheeple enjoy their free stipends and are too stupid to see the truth?
What if we don’t speak out and one person is lost because we did not?
Perhaps, just perhaps,
being immalleable is sometimes a good thing.
XO Lisa ❤️ living a gratitude filled life!