Graphic Design, Computer Illustration, and Production Art
Richard C. James Design

Meekness does not equal weakness.

Are you meek?

It has been said that the meek shall inherit the earth. I often wondered what that meant.

I think I have figured it out.

In our society, competition is the backbone of American Capitalism. Our economic system is really a sport. This sport must have a winner and a loser. Each participant strives to be a winner. No one wants the role of loser.

As with all sports, the players are focused on achieving the goal, capturing the prize, and winning the trophy. The popular wisdom, “it is the journey, not the destination, that is important” is irrelevant. Team management, coaches and concerned individuals urge the players the need to win. Sometimes at all costs.

In the real world marketplace, lying, cheating and stealing are ways to achieve an advantage over a competitor. This type of ethics is taught to our young:

A child was caught stealing by the authorities. The attempted theft was reported to the child's mother who was mortified upon hearing the news. She asked her child if the allegations were true. The child lied to her. The authorities presented irrefutable proof of the child's misconduct. The child's mother was angered by her child's deceit and scolded the child. The mother decided to wait for her husband to come home to teach the child a lesson that the child would never forget.

When the father returned home form work, he was presented with the facts of the child's wrongdoing. His wife was very upset. The father said that he would handle it and sat the child down for a chat. The mother crossed her arms in satisfaction as she anticipated the punishment that was about to be issued.

The father said in a stern voice, “You made a grievous error today. What do you have to say for yourself? What have you learned from this experience?”

“I've learned not to get caught, sir.” the child said.

“Okay,” said the father, “don't let it happen again!”

The mother fainted.

Win at any cost. Screw the other guy. Remember, to the victor goes the spoils. Be aggressive. Be cold hearted.

Unfortunately, the concepts of justice and fair play are thrown away, like a heavy coat that restricts movement. The “dog-eat-dog” mentality is pervasive. The end justifies the means. A person's conscious is seen as an inhibitor, a nagging impediment to achieving happiness.

Our ability to legislate morality and ethics has proved to be a failure. Unjust laws are written and just laws are broken. Our modern day judicial system is an attempt to curb the abuses of the powerful but the powerful seek to control the courts. Our imperfect courts seek balance in an unbalanced world.

But what about the meek? Where do they fit in?

Some see the meek as pigeons surrounded by hawks, or as lambs outflanked by wolves. Some suggest that the meek are those that are too stupid to get with the program. Some believe that the meek are ordained to be sacrificial offerings to predators. Some see the meek as those that suffer at the whims and mercies of the powerful. Some equate meekness with weakness.

In the sports metaphor, the meek simply enjoy playing the game regardless who wins. Meekness seems to be passive, non-aggressive behavior. Meekness seems to run counter to the "win at all costs" philosophy.

Meekness is not weakness.

Meek people are extremely powerful people. Meek people have virtually no fear. Meek people are blissfully contented with the knowledge of who they are. Meek people are aware of their connection to the Ultimate Power source.

Martin Luther King was meek. And his power still resounds decades after his death. Mahatma Gandhi was meek, yet his influence on the world is still experienced by his former enemies.

These men were powerful but not ruthless. They were poor in material wealth but rich in spirituality.

A hundred years from now, the name of the President of the United States - the most powerful individual on the planet - will probably be forgotten. But the meek will be honored forever.

Competition by it's very nature infers scarcity of resources. To survive one must be fiercely competitive because there is not enough for everyone. Sharing is discouraged, eliminate the other guy is the rule.

Meekness is not shyness. To be meek is to be bold quietly, without fanfare. Meek people are relentless in their pursuits. The meek are supremely confident and divinely inspired.

The meek believe in infinite abundance. The meek live lives of unlimited possibilities. The meek share with others willingly because they know that their cup runneth over.


© 2003 Richard C. James