Positivity Versus Passivity
Something that I have noticed with the prevalence of memes and quotes through social media outlets is a yearning for positivity within the community of Millennials. Individuals say things such as “I can’t be around any negative energy” or “Positivity all 2018.” Both of these quotes on the surface look to be positive and should lead to a wonderful outlook on life but I fear that there is an underlying tone that I don’t necessarily agree with. These same individuals I have seen making excuses for some behaviors that are outright wrong. Furthermore, I have seen when someone is attempting to correct that behavior those same individuals as noted above say things like “let them live their life” or “what another person does is not my business.” Again, on the surface, these quotes seem harmless and very “positive” when in fact they can be very damaging to one's understanding of interpersonal relationships and what is right or wrong.
Let me explain, as Martin Luther King stated in his eloquent letter from a Birmingham Jail “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality”, which means the decisions of others affects those around them and potentially others in places we haven’t even been. We are all indirectly affected by the direct decisions of others so we must be more concerned with the right thing rather than the free will of a person. If we didn’t know by now “free” will isn’t all that free, because there are consequences and reactions related to every decision we make I wish that we could all just “mind our business” and let everyone live the life they choose but the reality is those decisions will affect someone else.
I do understand that it seems easier to be indifferent and nonchalant towards another person but let us remember the God definition of love. (1 Corinthians 13:4-5) Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity does not vaunt itself; it is not puffed up, but most importantly in verse 6: Love Rejoices NOT in iniquity but rejoices in truth. Love the truth more than positivity. There is a time for war and confrontation just as much as there is time for positivity and peace.