Reality in a Child's Eyes
If you have a child or have ever watched a child you know that they need a lot of help doing even simple tasks that older people take for granted. They over estimate their abilities, not for their lack of trying, but often need further physical or mental development. You can see that glean in their eye as they go to try something for the first time or the umpteenth time. This might not last long as they get frustrated with their inability to do something or hurt themselves when that heavy object falls on their toes. Sometimes they will not allow you to help because they want to do it themselves, but they can’t and eventually will let you help or else they go without.
Humans seem to naturally want to do things for themselves. It’s true that most people want interaction and connection with other people, but they still want independence. It’s the American dream of being a self-made-man. People use other people. We analyze people for their potential usefulness and importance to us. We want connections in high places so that we can get a leg up and we want people we see as inferior to have to owe us. That is the nature of independent collectivism. People are objects to be used and discarded when their usefulness has run out. Conversations and interactions rarely go past initial pleasantries if we deem the person to have no use to us.
Humans naturally compare themselves with each other and comparison kills contentment. This can be a good thing if you need some motivation to get off your butt, but most times this leads us to either look down on another or to feel inferior, both being self centered thinking.
We have haughty eyes. The world revolves around us (to a positive or negative effect) and people are either caught up in our gravity, add to our gravity, or oppose our gravity. When we encounter opposition the ensuing meteor shower can be destructive. We are trying to be the geocentric model when the cosmological principle reigns supreme and God is existence itself.
I think this harkens back to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave where the ultimate reality of the world of Forms is the Sun and humanity thinks that shadow puppets are reality when they are being cast by a third level form. How is that relevant to haughty eyes? Humanity will always think “what they know” is right. The people in the cave seeing the shadows believed that were right despite someone telling them otherwise and would not even come to see what the other guy was telling them about. “Perception is reality” until reality breaks in and puts us to shame.
We are all children. Trying to do things ourselves until we realize we need help and we let someone help us just long enough to get what we want and then we throw them to the curb until we need them again. Depending on the person’s usefulness we may burn a bridge or put them in our back pocket for later. Just like with kids, if we are not told no often enough we begin to think we can have anything we want. We are selfish and fish stinks.
An ongoing discussion about growing up, passing on, and the ties that bind us together. Following Jesus is a family affair — no matter who you call your family.