Where did they go?

Characteristics such as friendship, love, commitment, dedication…where did they go? These higher human qualities are becoming increasingly more rare as this world inches ever closer to self destruction.

There used to be a time when a handshake was as good as a signed contract…now a days, people look at a handshake with suspicion. Long ago, a friend was someone who would get out of bed at 2:00 a.m. to come help you get unstranded from the side of a dark road. But today, friends are the strangers you see on Facebook.

Where did they go? What happened to integrity? This world has become very cold and dog-eat-dog. The challenge is in not being tempted to go the same way.

Just because others around you have become mistrustful of others doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. When others fail to show brotherly love, it doesn’t mean we should also act similarly. As a matter of fact, we should do just the opposite.

We should love more, become more dedicated, more committed…we should show our friends how much they mean to us, and be willing to sacrifice to prove it. We should be leaders of our own moral character, and contrast ourselves from the world at every opportunity.

While the world is searching for validation by any means necessary, I am choosing to find my validation in the outward display of my character. I couldn’t care less what the corporate boss says about me…but I am concerned over what my friends say. Do my friends call me dependable? Do they brag on me to others? Do my friends see me as a true friend? This is the validation I seek.

The world can have its dog eat dog mentality; it can devour itself as it snarls toward selfish ambition. But as for me and my house, we will serve others and love them genuinely. We will show ourselves to be friendly so as to make true friends. We will not fall into the pit of misery and become ravenous wolves. No, we will rise above the heartlessness with random acts of loving kindness.

We will lose our lives so that we may gain our lives. So where did those moral characteristics go? Not far from me, at least. I will not lose sight of those treasured virtues. The world may have sacrificed them on the altar of self centeredness, but I will never treat them so cruelly… for they are my friends.

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