The Tormentors

At my age, I sit and observe. Here is what the dictionary defines what a tormentor is: annoy or provoke in a deliberately unkind way. Or a person who inflicts severe mental or physical suffering on someone.

I see tormentors in politics, on the street, at work, the gym, at church, government, families, and even the media. There is so much pain in the world, so much hate. One might ask, has there always been this much agony in the world? Are we, as a culture as humanity getting better at living with each other or worse? And is there a common denominator that can be blamed?

I have thought and prayed about those questions for a while now. Is it as easy as blaming the “devil”? Are all the problems in the world because of lack of love? Or lack of empathy? I know, answering questions with more questions seems like a roller coaster of emotions and infinite thoughts. How are we to know, definitively?

Why do some people hate or love other people? As you can see even questions or thoughts can be a form of torment. Are we all just going insane? What is sane? What is “truth”? We all struggle to live, some more than others, some less.

Charity seems to come up in my thoughts a lot these days. In Christian theology and ethics, charity (a translation of the Greek word agapē, also meaning “love”). The dictionary defines it as: the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need. Ok, the opposite of charity could be, unkindness. The dictionary defines it as: lacking in kindness or mercy; severe.

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