It has occurred to me that we humans are a very strange species indeed; as if we didn’t already know that. We are very quick to judge and be suspicious of people who have lived a bit, and maybe committed what society deems to be “crimes”. But, it has been said many times before; the world is paradoxical and we also have a thing called relativity. We only know things that we judge to be “good”, because we have also judged other things as being “bad”. This is the nature of relativity and judgement.
Hypothetically, if you lived on a council estate in South London and you had a couple of kids in their early teens, who would you want guiding them at the local youth club? Would you want someone who can describe what a cream tea tastes like and who may be able to describe what the inside of a church looks like? Or, would you want someone who has been down the rocky road of life, experienced dark times; maybe even gotten on the wrong side of the law, but who has come out the other side? Someone who can apply their life experience to the lives of others and help them in the process. Someone who recognises that look on the face of a youngster that says, “help me”.
The thing with life is that it is meant to be the way it is; our world couldn’t function any other way. The Divine play of life is a complete process; we cannot filter out the things we judge to be bad or wrong. All is experience and all experience has relevance regardless of the way things may seem to be on the surface.
In the above-mentioned hypothetical situation, I know who I would want guiding my kids; but then again, that’s just my judgement.