CHARACTER FLAWS AND THEIR CORRECTION
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© March 2018, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
A very important area of human maturity is getting rid of character flaws. A book could be written about each of the following. Here are the main ones:
Laziness means lack of effort or lack of diligence. It is a very common character flaw. It can express itself in many ways:
- Taking the easy way out
- Skipping or omitting important actions
- Cheating a little or a lot on taxes or other things
- Just wasting time on silly activities and projects that really yield little in the way of productive results.
Laziness can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
2. GLUTTONY OR EGO
This is the desire for more of something, and usually a desire for endless amounts of it. One can be gluttonous for money, sex, friends, love, family, power, fame, intellect or something else.
It is a dissatisfaction with the status quo that is exaggerated and out of balance. It is a covetous attitude, meaning a desire for that which one does not have, but it is out of balance.
3. INABILITY OR LACK OF DESIRE TO HEAR AND/OR LISTEN
Inability to hear is a problem in receiving information from others. Inability to listen is a problem with processing and thinking about information. For example, one must discern the source of the information and be open to changing one’s perceptions about the thoughts one is receiving.
We are putting these two problems together because one must do both to learn successfully, and they are closely related.
Both can be due to laziness, distraction, fixed ideas or prejudices, or arrogance. At times, they are due to mental, emotional or physical imbalances inside the body. The inability to listen well is very harmful for development, which requires tuning in and hearing instructions that come from guides. So this is an important problem.
Inability to listen is so important that we find it is often the key imbalance in a person.
Lying is deliberate altering of reality to suit one’s purposes. It is the height of disrespect for the mind of others and the height of arrogance. It is rightfully condemned in the Bible, but is common in the general population today.
Lying includes deliberate misspeaking, omitting key information, exaggeration, spinning or twisting a story, slanting a story, mixing truth with lies, dramatizing, false advertising, and seduction.
Uncaring means not enough thought, sloppy, confused, and often disorganized.