Friday, April 08, 2016

THE COMMANDMENTS



Some thousand years ago, humanity already felt what was right or wrong, already somehow knew what was good or bad, already had some sense of what is virtuous or vicious.  So is it that the moment someone has the use of reason, the same already knows what to do and what to abstain from doing.  And as the same becomes older in age and in use of reason, the more he becomes aware of what to do and what to avoid doing.  Those were the times that people simply had the feeling of what was right to do as well as what is wrong to avoid.  Schools and teachers there were yet none.  Books and academic attainments there were none as a matter of course.  But just the same, even but human feeling function somehow already made the persons concerned conscious of what should be done as well as what should be left undone.

Then the people were given the Ten Commandments that formally, expressly and clearly told them substantially the same:  What they should do and what they must abstain from so doing.  The Commandments were but Ten.  They were plain and easy to understand.  They were in effect already written in the human mind as well as felt in the human heart.  They were then but merely verbalized and formalized so that ignorance or uncertainty there could be none.  Their observance was not for the sake of their Giver but for the good of the receivers.  So it was that when duly observed, they made the individuals better, their families  happier, their communities safer, their world peaceful.  So it was that their violators were spurned and their victims were hurt, violated, degraded – and killed even.

The Ten Commandments are Divine Law premised on the Law of nature originating from the realm of faith yet logical and ethical in the sphere of reason.  So it is that they proved to be so significant and relevant that even Civil Law adopted the more basic, specific and rational ones – more concretely such as the existence of God (1st), the significance of parental rule (4th), the sacredness of human life (5th), the importance of fidelity (6th), respect for temporal goods of  others (7th).  There is one really significant as well as truly relevant in the above cited Divine Mandates, viz., the violation of anyone which causes social disturbance if not downright criminality – with those therein concerned as the losers after all is said and done.  No, the Ten Commandments do not  only have relevance in the hereafter and the beyond but also in the here and now.  A big amount of earthly miseries and debacles are ultimately caused by their casual disregard, their flagrant violations.  Hence:

A good number of the people of today are still bent in grossly violating the Commandments.  They continue living godless lives.  They consider God as but a figment of imagination.  They look at divinity as but a killjoy.

They look down at their elders as irrelevant individuals – with irreverent words and actions.  They consider themselves as free from building or destroying their families.  What is pleasurable is what counts.  No killjoy, please.

They kill one another – and how!  And blessed are the countries with the most lethal weaponry.  The more they kill, the better.  There are even now the so-called “Suicide Bombers”.  They kill themselves in order to kill as many others as possible.