An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
This article explains that our drive for sex is "just like" our drive for fighting. Hmmm...this being the case, might I suggest our public schools now institute a policy of passing out theseprophylactics instead of futilely insisting kids abstain from fighting? Clearly our hopes we've placed in Politically Correct Rainbow Diversity "Can't we all get along" training in public schools is not going to work. We're trying to fight human nature here!
And in case you thought otherwise: "Aggression is highly conserved in vertebrates..." (This means it's in your genes, folks). "It serves a really useful evolutionary role probably..." (And this tells us how it got there.) But here is the kicker:
Even though it served a purpose for other animals, in modern human societies, Kennedy said, a propensity toward aggression is not beneficial and can be a problem.
Actually, it's NEVER been beneficial, at least in terms of how we OUGHT to define the word!
Well this is all big news I should think. How long have we as a species marveled at our propensity towards violence and wondered: Why? Well I guess another of the grand mysteries of human nature is solved now. Surely our new age of enlightenment has accomplished what the ancients could only stand in darkness and be baffled over.
Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Extremely well chosen scripture, and it shows that God knew all along where our tendency to aggression and covetousness was implanted in our physical bodies and gave us the means to obtain help in rising above them.
"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you" has been an admonishment that has rescued me many times - and I wish I had remembered even more often!