“Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.” Proverbs 19:8
I visited a tribe that does the most beautiful thing. When someone does something hurtful and wrong, they take the person to the center of the town and the entire tribe surround them. For two days, they’ll tell the man every good thing they’ve ever done for each of them, no matter how small.
The tribe believes that every human being comes into the world with good inside of them. That every human being initially desires safety, love, peace, and happiness. But sometimes, in the pursuit of those things, people make mistakes. The community sees misdeeds as a cry for help. They band together for the sake of their fellow man to hold him up. They do this to reconnect him with his true nature, to remind him of who he really is, until he fully remembers the truth from which he had temporarily been disconnected. “I am good.”
Whether this is a fictional story or a remastered version of a real tribal justice system, it rings with incredible moral. Consequences should be expected, and of course we should take responsibility for our actions. But how many times have we reaffirmed someone of their poor choices by telling them how ‘terrible’ they are?
Just some thoughts to ponder.
original story found via Sun Gazing