[DAY 51] Can We Say What is Right or Wrong?

To say a person who trades in a Vietnamese market to be less respectable than an officer or an engineer is to dehumanize him or her. It is true that these groups of people differ in their perceptions of the world and their actions accordingly, yet it is not our job to judge the right from wrong, or the good from bad. We are to choose what is suitable for us and to appreciate others’ choices of life.

Thi’s Dad

I am astonished, for I have never heard my Dad say such a thing! It seems to me that being alongside my talkative Mom, my reserved and taciturn Dad become an object of the background rather a partner in conversations. Suddenly, I regret keeping these thoughts I have pondering upon for years in solitude and believing that I am the odd in the family to care about such a thing.

Our call today I didn’t agree with all he had to say, but I came to slowly accept that I am taking my life for granted. My discerning the importance of an education or surrounding society did not come from my experience in the world (indeed, I have very little experience with the world) but rather subconsciously learned behaviors passed down from my family. I have put myself higher than those higher than me, and with that I have disconnected myself from the selves of my beloved ones, and I regret it.

My Dad’s words I have nothing else to add on, because I think they indicate clear enough our view of humanity. I want to talk about his suggestions for humanity, though. As you might have known, my family is Catholic. I did not have a chance to ask why we came to be body of a church, but my parents, sibling, and cousins were all raised in church, taking the words of the priests and nuns close to heart.

When my Dad said we did not have the authority to judge others upon their deeds, he added that it was important for human to seek a higher authority, which is God or Buddha. There is no indication of which religion you should choose, because 1) my Dad and I have no interest in convincing anyone to work in our religion’s favor and 2) it is truly one’s freedom to find his or her personal god. As long as you know what you’re doing, we support it all.

God is righteous and just. It is undeniable that deciding a punch for or not for a punch is God’s job, not ours. It should not be our choice to point a finger at anyone, to the traders in a Vietnamese market or office workers. There should be respect in either cases, but we find it hard for the higher classes to think the inferior birth our equals. Without the belief that there is a God better than us all, we easily fall into a trap of judging and disdain human lives.

I want to end this with a question. In our modern day, we often find ourselves involving in arguments or debates dividing two sides. Do you find yourself fight and be eager to win for a belief of the left or right, or do you acknowledge the relative spectrum of the real answer?

Published by Thi Le


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