Original Sin or Everyone Has Issues

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The Relatively Normal Human Being

What is original sin? How may it be explained to someone who does not believe in it?” Original sin is the flawed human condition. In other words, every human being enters into a world that is, at best, “bent;” and, at worst, “broken.” No one comes into or goes out of the world “unscathed.” To live is to have, sooner or later, both visible (on the outer person) and invisible (on the inner person) wounds and scars, often remaining with a person for his or her entire life.

To be human, then, is to be both relatively normal and abnormal: normal, in that humans may choose to live well and be relatively (not perfectly) happy, despite their flawed condition; abnormal, in that they may experience different degrees of mental, emotional and bodily disorders, because of their imperfect humanity. Therefore, humans are normally abnormal, functionally imperfect.

No Problem-Free Human Life

My point, therefore, is that everyone has “issues” or personal problems and, thus, carries some kind of emotional or mental “baggage.” The person who attempts to be exempt from being imperfect, having issues, might say, “I have no issues.” But that statement itself is proof of having an issue, namely, the issue of thinking that he or she has no issues. Similarly, the biggest problem is with the person who believes that he or she has no problems. They are certainly there, even if they go undetected for weeks, months or years.

Second and First Person Applications

Since to be human is to have issues, then you and I have issues. Not only that, but the human beings around you and me, even without them telling us about it, are undergoing some kind of personal struggle, fighting some kind of battle. Keeping that in mind may help each us to be less inclined to judge others, realizing that we, too, have bodily, mental or emotional problems with which we are struggling.

Therefore, it is okay not to be okay, just as long as you and I are working on changing our lives for the better. Hence, being imperfect, having issues or problems, should not be used as an excuse for remaining the same, for being imperfect also suggests that there is always “room” for improvement, becoming better versions of ourselves.

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