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Pleading For A Saint

On January 11, 2012, in Human Resources, by Neculai Fantanaru

Prove your moral superiority in those extreme situations, in which you cannot highlight your emotional qualities.

Almost no one escaped. The whole village was decimated. There were no words to express the horror and revolt from the soul of the eight members of the commando’s team led by the Lieutenant Waters. The rebels had executed in cold blood almost all the locals.

Ellis 'Zee' Pettigrew, one of the team members, had met the eyes of a woman who had just been violated and mutilated. This one shook slowly her head, trying to chant something, and he felt as that terrible feeling of fear enters him. He kept the woman’s looking for a few moments, but afterwards, it was his turn to look elsewhere. He did not want to deal with that mixture of pain that he read in her eyes, for he knew what it transmitted to him: death.

He was disturbed, and even a bit disgusted by the obvious coldness and indifference of her murderer. Another team member had immobilized this rebel who had almost killed her with a bestial brutality.

- You bastard ! Look what you did, miserable ! grasping his neck with both hands, and leaning his head to the woman's body.

Mercy, compassion, generosity - the specific virtues of a human could not fulfill the mission at that moment. Feeling overwhelmed by a terrible hatred - for reasons that became very clear, Zee took his hunting knife from the belt. He should not have to understand, but to act. His jowl was clenched around an impenetrable decision. The anger against this murderer, this "animal" could not be stifled by anything. He forced the knife deep inside the belly of the one; turning it slowly, moving round it down, then up, for its tip to pierce his stomach and intestines.

Leadership: Are you struggling with the tendency to give up positive feelings in an "the ends justify the means" context that lasts indefinitely?

A "generous" gesture: killing without mercy a murderer, an evil character. However, this gesture, a conscious and deliberated restraint of the desire for revenge that Zee had felt, has produced a transformation in his soul. This cruel gesture has troubled all his inner. For a moment, he lost all that was greatest, generous, and humanitarian in him. He lost the strength to be human, by removing himself from faith, through the supreme violation of the law: do not murder.

A piece of him - that piece, which claimed his moral strength, which filled his soul with life that kept integral his own emotional nature - died along with the one that he had killed.

Positive feelings are a return to the beginnings of your ethical development, because you once again become flexible in thinking and feeling, concerned with taking heed of the touch of the painful weapon called "life lesson", whose strength you had known a bit earlier, preparing at the same time to follow the fight against the thirst for glory.

If at some point you are confronted with a negative image, completely different from what you expected to see, then you must know that the way in which you use your predominant traits (compassion, forgiveness, the degree of self-control or sense of justice) reflects the spiritual gift you were endowed with: sensitivity and empathy.

As a leader, are you always applying the law, or you create your own law?

Each person has a moral duty that influences his existence and horizons. You cannot wash your hands like Pilate did with the blood of those killed, and the crime to remain unpunished. It remains a trace in your heart, a reminiscence of the past; you remain with the conscience loaded with condemnable crimes, blocking you to morally advance to what it is right.

Even so, who judged the guilty one? Who condemned him to death? Have been heard the depositions of the witnesses? Who were the jurors? Were they all agreed on the final verdict? And, finally, where were the judges that had to ensure the uniformity of interpretation and unitary application of the law through the prism of the human rights norms?

Ellis 'Zee' Pettigrew from the movie "Tears of the Sun (2003)" was the only judge, the only juror, he created the law, represented, and he had also applied it. The law of moral revenge.

Punishing the criminals it is the moral in a particular measure - but that does not turn you into a saint.

Leadership: Do you choose the guilt of not doing the right thing when "you must" can follow you all your life in the attempt of opposing the current?

You have no way to shine of glory; you have no way to raise your leadership on high pedestals when remorse produces in you a serious storm. For, you remain the slave of some narrow principles that have nothing in common with humanity and morality. You have to free yourself from any kind of guilt when it appears the first cloud, which darkens your conscience. Or, to find a good reason that would support your power and your moral value. You must fight against your own moral decay by all means.

Convictions and positive feelings are needed where many forget about them, or where they simply ignore them. In this case they are stuck without solution in the act of law, depreciating the conscience that defines their identity.

However, at immoral times, the probability that your judgment would remain properly fixed of those beliefs that are supporting the essence of your life will turn more and more towards zero.

In leadership, you must be strong and to defeat your own "death". You will be taken by surprise, you will be about to crack when you least expect it. For, sometimes you will be hit by the tendency to give up all your positive emotions, to replace them with the other negative ones. That it would lead to a cancellation of your personality, depriving yourself from all that is vital: love and faith in your neighbor, in relation to God, towards your own nature.

Before disapproving your own moral conduct (which consists of a complex and well-determined mixture between judgment and convictions) make an effort to be as objective as possible in evaluating your own moral development.

The revenge that saves you is a form of domination of that suffering that pushes you to overcome the measure of consciousness.

Pleading For A Saint designates that relentless effort to highlight your emotional qualities in difficult times - when you deviate from any ethical or moral principle, or as when you disconnect yourself from any emotional connection with the world around you.

All your deeds will be presented before a court - consciousness. In order to be declared "not guilty" and to heal your heart by any remorse and regrets, you will need to demonstrate the superiority of your consciousness in those extreme situations, in which you have not been able to highlight your emotional qualities.

Conclusion: Certainly, no one is a saint. No one is an impeccable being from ethical or moral point of view. However, you must conform yourself to a permanent process of self-education of your will, for not acting arbitrarily, or under the impulse of the moment. Furthermore, in any situation, no matter how much you are impressed by the reprehensible acts, you must prove moral probity.

Never forget that you are not a saint, and you will never be, and do not ever imagine that you are perfect, because God did not create duplicates.


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