You Are Responsible for Your Own Disillusionment

James Walpole/ December 17, 2019

We aren’t so much disillusioned by the failures of others as by our own failures.

We aren’t just disillusioned with our ideals because of the corrupt systems at our companies or in our countries. Plenty of people keep their idealism while fighting corrupt systems. We are disillusioned because we go along with the systems.

We aren’t just disillusioned with courage and adventure because the lifestyles around us are comfortable and craven. We are disillusioned because we recognize the mediocrity of our lifestyles but do nothing to change them.

And we aren’t just disillusioned with faithfulness in friendships and relationships because our friends are unreliable. We are disillusioned because we know we aren’t willing to give the work, time, and resources of true comrades.

If you want to believe that people are better, become a better person.

If you want to believe that the world is good, do something to make it so.

If you wait on the world to confirm or deny your highest hopes for the world, you’ll be shocked by how disillusioned you become – but it won’t be the world’s fault.

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  1. Hmmm

    There are always more than one point of view. A very strong case can be made that the superficial righteous goodness on display in your musing above and the platitudes below are serving a subtle more sinister agenda. A favored ploy of the ruling elite since the dawn of man: Blame the victim. Like the catch phrase “the power of positive thinking” the fallacy is that you are actually in control of your life. Somehow or another I don’t think any of these musings and platitudes will ease, let alone stop the Millions suffering and dying throughout Africa or the horrors being endured by the 2.5 Million Palestinians locked in the Gaza Prison or the half Billion people Asia-Pacific starving as I write. What do you think James?

    The old proverb: when god gives you lemons make lemonade!

    And the timeless Serenity Prayer:

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    enjoying one moment at a time;
    accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
    trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
    that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him
    forever in the next. Amen.

    Still, your commentary does offer the reader some isolated wheat with that shaft.

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