Thou Mayest

Life is a choice. Everyday is a choice. We can always choose who will we become or who will we become not. We are given freewill. The problem is that we are also driven by forces which hinder us to become the person we want to be.

Most of us accept the inevitable fact that we are what our ancestors were; We are the fruit of the actions and decisions of our parents, our grandparents, our great grandparents; We are what we look like; FALLACY! Whatever is our make-up, we are still defined by our choices.

Even we are in a blood lineage of murderers, we are free to choose the path we are going. Will we follow the lineage or will we follow the righteous? Same goes with a family of religious people. Will the member of that family choose religiosity or not? We are not the label other put behind our backs or the label we feed our minds with, we are the choices we make.

There is no adequate reason for a deed done but the reason of choice, a decision. We believe what we believe, not because we ought to believe it but because we choose to believe.

Freewill, the word is freewill. No genetical make-up, family tree, tradition, culture or labels can make us. We can always choose. Thou mayest. Yes, we may choose to follow our genetical make-up, our tradition, our family tree, our culture and our labels. Yet, thou mayest not. We can also choose otherwise.

Thus, these leave us to the irrevocable truth that we have to choose. Whatever choices we make, just remember this:

“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel — ‘Thou mayest’ — that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’ — it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.” -John Steinback, East of Eden

Reflection on East of Eden by John Steinback

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