In our school days we have studied about minerals and ores that are hidden underneath the warm bosom of our beautiful earth. And we know how the ores are extracted from the earth through mining. They are then refined to extract the valuable elements. That process is called Ore Dressing which we know very well. This ore-dressing begins with breaking down the ore to required sizes by crushing, grinding, straining etc. Thereafter, the ore is physically separated from any unwanted impurity. The impurities and unwanted materials are removed from the ore increases the percentage of metal in the ore. Then moisture is removed from it and further they are processed to separate the valuable metals from everything that are useless. Then those metals, say valuable metals like iron, copper and gold etc. are used in for many things.
I find those metals are very good allegories of the VALUES that we inherit genetically from our parents and ancestors. Though, recent research is suggesting that – the moral sense or values is largely developed after birth and requires particular kinds of experience. I don’t agree with these theories at all and the basis of their researches.
I believe, I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God with the attributes like love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, faithfulness and just etc. These are all the innate values we have in us by birth even we are born to many different fathers named, ‘Tom’, ‘Dick’ and ‘Harry’.
To prove my point I want to pose few questions before you…
“Does a child seek love from the people around him, at least from his mother?”
“Does he fight for justice if another friend does injustice to him?”
“Does he try to be faithful to his family members by obeying them sometimes?”
“Does he offer a chocolate to his friend or friends those who don’t have?”
We all know the answers to these rhetorical questions…
A child always likes to be loved, accepted by all or his mother at least. The sense of love is there within him and when his mother or father nurture that value more by displaying the value LOVE in the family he grasps it more, the more refined love. Similarly he has the values like faithfulness, kindness, being just and so on which he displays at times as well. Unless someone has these values within themselves they won’t be expecting it from others as well.
Thus, everyone irrespective of their religions, castes, creeds, coulors, nationalities etc., has those innate moral values within them though everyone doesn’t get the right atmosphere to get them nourished and refined to display them prominently and in a more useful ways. Some display the crude love, some display little more refined and processed love and some show pure gold like love to let the whole world dragged towards them.
Now, when the issues of selfishness, cheating, hopelessness, injustice come into the picture we totter and get confused. But let me shock you again… These are all inherited as well. They genetically transmitted to us from our parents.
It’s because of our fallen sinful nature as I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
But the good news is these are all not part of the image of God and can be pruned out, cleansed from, burnt completely from us.
Let me get back to what I had started with – The Process of Ore-Dressing.
Just as the ore is dressed and purified so that the metal extracted is useful for various purposes, so also when the sin that stains the pure values by virtue of our creation can be cleansed so as to ensure that our God-given values shine forth.
The sooner we realise that our pure values are not yet visible, the more eager we will be to discover them.
Have you ever spared a thought to it? We are mostly satisfied in the values we possess and are busy transmitting the values that we are taught. And so, we fail to recognize the need to unearth the God-given values embedded deep within us.
My dearest buddy had written a beautiful poem for the occasion which I would like to mention at the end as a conclusion to my piece. Her poem is the cream of the cake that I made tonight:
My dear little miss
Let me tell you a story
In which generations
Have bestowed upon us
The value of lessons learned.
Embracing this child of new
I pass onto you
Nurture mother earth
For she is your home.
Lend a hand
Give a hug
To those who lack
Kindness and love.
Throughout your years
I will teach you the values
I hold dear
Inherited and gifted by God above.
(C) 8/2018 ME-sunderstood
Rise up and discover your values. You are worth more than what you think you are!