Minute Meditation on Basic Human Abnormality

Broken Glass

A person’s “blindness” is in not knowing his or her blindness; a person’s “illness” is in not being aware of his or her illness; a person’s “disease” is in not acknowledging his or her disease; a person’s sin is in not believing in the reality of sin.

Thus, the person who thinks he or she is really okay is not okay. But the person who knows he or she is really not okay is okay. In short, it is okay not to be okay. In other words, It is normal to be relatively abnormal, because all human beings are conceived and born into a “broken world.” They are “bent” or “broken.” That is to say, all humans have a “wounded” condition, which results in personal problems or “issues.” The Latin term for that condition is peccatum originale, “original sin.” To be human, then, is to have “issues,” either overtly or covertly or in both respects.

A person’s strength, then, is in admitting his or her weakness and doing something to change it. Conversely, a person’s weakness is in not admitting his or her problem, but thinking he or she is strong and, thus, doing nothing to change it. The paradox is in recognizing a weakness, a person may actually become strong, but in an over-confidence of his or her strength, a person remains weak.