“Have you ever manipulated another person for your own selfish ends, and then felt remorse? What did you do next? Did you fix that bridge? Or did you burn it?” ~The Wishing Map
We were created for something more than merely using one another for our own temporal ends. Therefore, living as if we were not proves to be futile, pointless, and destructive. Apart from the more twisted souls among us, does anyone ever actually wish on their death bed that they’d manipulated more people, gotten their way more often?
We’re wired to believe we’re something more, and to find out what that something is. And we’re wired to share the journey of, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin calls it, “spiritual beings having a human experience.” In fact, ultimately our human experience is communal, it can’t be lived alone.
Which is why using others, as natural as it may be to our fleshly nature, is counterproductive to our ultimate purpose. When we place stones in our fellow travelers’ paths, we are the ones who trip over them.
So remove those stones, ask forgiveness, fix the bridge. It may take years, it may leave scars, but it’ll be worth it. And then let us press on…