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  • By Chaplain (Capt.) Meade Adams
  • 2nd Bomb Wing Chapel

“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me” Batman

We have talked a lot in this column about the concept of “being”. Who are we? What is our purpose? These are big questions that we all must answer. One of the things that helps us in our journeys and personal evolution is evaluating our actions and our deeds. A big piece of “who are we?” is “what are we doing?” Now I don’t personally believe that we should be defined completely by our actions, however, that is how society tends to label people. A person that drinks too much IS an alcoholic. A person that steals IS a thief. This kind of labeling leaves little room for an individual to grow, change and evolve. I believe we can evolve and change.

Nevertheless, we must be cognizant that what we do does define us to a great deal. Along with the negative designations listed above, we could also say that somebody that dedicates time to helping others IS a kind, generous person. Or the person that sacrifices their wants and needs for someone else or for the greater good IS a hero. If society dictates that we must be defined by our actions, let’s make those actions count. Let us go out of our way to exhibit good actions and good characteristics, and also remember to forgive ourselves and have mercy on others for the bad ones.