2007-07-27 / Columnists

The Inner Voice

Commentary by Marilyn Gelfand

So many things change from generation to generation so it really important in life to trust our instincts. Fads come and go. Scientific research changes the way we view things, for example. In addition, so many things happen all the time that we don't expect. I planned my work on my job around the fact that I was about to have a new grandchild and needed to take off some days at work. I organized a conference and got everything ready for it well in the future knowing the baby would be long born by then. However, I didn't know at the planning stage that my mother-in-law would die, and so I wasn't able to be at the conference anyway as we were in mourning. We control so little as hard as we may plan, but our instincts guided my family through the death of my mother-in-law so that we all have peace over her departure and our actions, but miss her terribly.

These days many people have an intellectual approach to life and don't believe that there is more than human beings at the helm of reality. People may believe that man has the ability to control weather because of his actions, for example, global warming discussions, or that eating right and exercising and getting checkups will bring long life to a person. For the secularists, the weather is not controlled by God or a higher outside force, and God is not the one to decide life and death but rather the actions of man determine the longevity of life.

On the other hand, there are also certain groups in the society that believe the opposite. Faith in God carries them through life and that is what is right to believe. We may have different religious groups each believing that theirs is the only true religion, and they live life following the teachings of their particular faith. The secular and the faith-based groups often are at opposite ends of an issue- each blaming the other for a variety of society's problems

Instead of having news reporters, teachers, politicians or experts make up our own minds about how to live, it is really important to detach from the society and see if there is a common sense answer. Our instincts are meant to give us these clues even if those powerful in society have a different version. It is only now being disclosed that so many of whom the media calls experts are individuals who are paid by a group on only one side of an issue.

Life is made up of decisions where we can pick one way or another and also the acceptance of life's events or the choices that other people make. Where there is choice, it really is good to know that no matter what anyone else says, we can trust ourselves to look at a situation the way we'd like to, intuitively.

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