Monday, April 4, 2011

All Kinds of Questions Being Answered

Awhile back, after reading one of the banned books for my class, I had some serious concerns.  I don't know that I ever really got the answer to satisfy that query until today.  In this case, I guess it's not so much an answer because I would hope that an answer would resolve my concerns, but what I found this afternoon (a quote from my new class), only validates what I feared.  Because of this new information, I would hope that it might enlighten us to make changes as needed.  I would hope that those changes would give us all a firmer foundation and a happier and more secure society.

Here is the quote:

"Living without God in the world brings a functional lack of consistent perspective. If there were no eternal truths, to what principles would mortals look for guidance? If not accountable to God, to whom are we ultimately accountable? Furthermore, if nothing is ever really wrong, then no one is ever really responsible. If there are no fixed boundaries, then there cannot be any excesses. Why should we be surprised, then, at so many disturbing outcomes, including the lack of community, when every man does that which is 'right in his own eyes' (Judges 17:6; Judges 21:25)  and seeks not the righteousness of the Lord but instead walks 'in his own way'? (D&C 1:16) (Neal A. Maxwell, “Take Especial Care of Your Family,” Ensign, May 1994, 88)."


Alyson said...

Ah, Neal. How I loved him! The man had a way with words. He spoke to me, every single time he said words.

"If there are no fixed boundaries, then there cannot be any excesses." Gosh, so simply said, yet it makes so much beautiful sense.

Jen said...

I love, LOVE Elder Maxwell. He was such an uplifting, intellectual man who knew how to put everything into perspective with a simple statement; he said this beautifully here! Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry it's been so long since I've visited your blog. I've been depressed and have stayed away from blogging for selfish reasons. Forgive? However, I am always uplifted by your words. Thanks for continuing to blog!

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