The following is a question and answer segment that I found while doing an internet search which gave inspiration to this article I call, “Softness Endures Pressure Better Than Hardness.” If a giant squid has a soft body, how can it survive in such deep water pressure, when even the best submarines can’t go as deep as that deep? The simple answer is that fluids cannot be crushed, whereas air in the sub makes the iron vessel crushable. Now, a submarine is basically a metal container filled with air, and there is just enough air in a submarine to exert the atmospheric pressure at sea level. If the sub goes underwater, the amount of air within it does not change (unless there is a leak, of course). The pressure outside the sub, however, is determined by the depth of the waters. As a result, there can be a tremendous difference in the pressure inside the sub (which pushes the walls of the sub outward), and the pressure outside it (which acts to crush it). If the external pressure is too great for the walls of the sub to withstand, it collapses. A squid, on the other hand, contains no air; its blood is liquid and its flesh solid. It is under the same massive pressure from the weight of the water, but since the material that it is made of is not crushable, it exerts the same pressure back, holding it up. The tissues of the giant squid are mostly made of water. The tissues of sperm whales, their predators, are mostly made of water and fat (blubber). Both water and fat are almost uncrushable. You can squeeze them all you like but their volume basically remains the same. To avoid the problem of pressure, many animals that live very deep in the ocean do not have any air spaces inside their bodies (e.g. the fish have oil-filled swim bladders or no swim bladders at all). This means the crushing pressure really doesn’t affect them. From a spiritual perspective, the moist softness of our inner life keeps us from being crushed by external pressures. In contrast, the rigidly inflexible hardness of our inward being will feel the crushing pressure of external forces.
The living divinity of the soul cremates the hardness of our inner life. Hardness comes as a result of our desire for the cravings of the flesh while rejecting the divine goodness of the soul. In that light, when we express reverence for the deity residing within our body then we are rejecting hard attitudes from manifesting. Therefore, hospitality to the softness of our soul is reverence to the supreme being which governs the universe. From there, we are able to withstand the colossal pressures of external forces because we allow the divine presence to tenderize our inner life. There are qualities within us bringing the ability to be flexible, pliable, and to be squeezed without suffering the tragic results of breaking apart when experiencing extreme pressures. For example, spiritual fruitfulness comprise all the soft and tender qualities to help us endure pressure, but inward barrenness makes us dry and fragile which increases the probability of being crushed when pressured. Also, the qualities of the divinity of the soul includes moist serenity as well as reverence for the sanctity of life, but without that softness external pressures make us subject to exploding with violence involving murderous intent. Moreover, our perspective for the light of divine worth comes within the cream of our spirit, but the hardness within is blind to that supreme worth and becomes destructive when under pressure. In essence, we endure the crushing influences of external forces by the positive energy flowing from the soft moistness of our inner life. We clearly see that negative energy associates with hardened attitudes which makes a person prone to explosive tirades when feeling extreme pressure. Very clearly, the divinity of inner life keeps us soft and moist to enable us to endure the crushing pressures of external forces.
The softness of the spiritual fruit fills our inner being to preserve us in times of pressure. Everything soft about our inner life will comprise the nature of spiritual fruitfulness, but there is no blossoms of good fruit in the hardness of the soul. The fruits of the spirit makes us so pliable, soft, and squeezable internally that we can withstand a colossal amount of external pressure. That’s because we are able to respond to extreme situations through qualities such as meekness, gentleness, joy, goodness, kindness, goodwill, patience, self-control, love, peace, faith, and perseverance. Those attitudes keep our behaviors civil. However, from the hardness of our inner being we are frozen into a rigid, inflexible, and uncompromising perspective. Because of that we are crushed by external pressures causing us to break apart with unfruitful reactions. Those reactions include hate, ill-will, cruelty, violence, harshness, hostile aggression, pessimism, despair, evilness, fatalities, reckless impulses, and behaviors that are out of control. In essence, hardness makes us so inflexible that we are crushed by opposing external influences, but the flexible pliability of the softness of the spiritual fruit enables us to endure our surrounding environment.
Our health is preserved because the softness of our inner life endures pressure better than hardness. The softness of our inner being is like the moistness of nutrient rich soil. We should desire for that softness to permeate our mind, our emotions, and in our behavioral responses. In that way, our thought processes, emotional resiliency, and our deeds will respond fruitfully to external pressures. In contrast, what if we had very hard emotions, inflexible and rigid thought processes, and related to others with calloused behaviors? We would be brittle when colossal pressures begin to mount. We would break apart when anything different from our unbending beliefs or strict emotional standards pressured us to open to new and spiritually fruitful changes. In essence, our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors would become very unhealthy with out of control responses to pressures. There would be the kind of impulsiveness that would further aggravate the friction within interactions and fatal consequences could occur. Also, in response to massive external pressures a person might adopt unhealthy physical behaviors towards their body. Those behaviors would include anything we put into the body to cope with pressures but excludes fruitfulness in that intake. That intake could come in what we drink, eat, and inhale which ultimately might affect our ability to sleep or even to eliminate adequately. The softness of our inner life includes the fruit of self-control to keep us in control when experiencing external pressures. With that self-control is the pliability of patience enabling us to wait for fruitful blossoms when we experience stress. With that patience is the moist fruit of perseverance to help us to endure with divine qualities when the strain of colossal externalities are present.
Our safety is preserved because softness endures pressure better than hardness. Soft, pliable, and flexible attitudes are civil qualities that enable our society to function and interact with cohesion. That happens because a tranquil and serene spirit exists within the moistness of our inner life. In that tranquility we relate to one another in way to convey a sense of safety or security when external pressures begin to manifest. We make each other feel safe during stressful periods which transfers into the home to provide comfort and serenity to everyone living there. When a sense of peaceful safety permeates our inner life there is much less strain in day to day living to establish stability from moment to moment. Very clearly, softness enables us to endure external pressure while making us safe and secure. In contrast, the hardness that exists in the soul breaks apart in times of stress to cause an unsafe environment full of insecurities. That inner hardness is as inflexible as an iceberg but as breakable as ice over a river when external stress becomes too unbearable. When hard people interact with others they are not able to experience flexibility to enable them to relate with civil qualities. They aggressively clash with the differences of others as they feel the crushing strain of their own rigid attitude. Their hostile responses to the colossal stress they feel induces insecurities in the environment as they engage in unsafe behaviors. Those unsafe behaviors comprise violence towards others, domestic terror in the home, and unstable behaviors from day to day. Quite apparently, hardness crushes under external pressures to cause an unsafe environment filled with insecurities. Even so, the softness within the fruit of a peaceful, gentle, and meek spirit endures pressure better than hardness.
OUR PLACE OF BELONGING
Our place of belonging is preserved because softness endures pressure better than hardness. The best way to relate to other people within our social presence is by the softness of our inner life. That softness enables us to endure various external social pressures. Of all the qualities existing in our inward softness, tolerance is very important to alleviate stress. It’s important to be flexible enough to tolerate the various differences of lifestyles within our multi-cultural world. With that tolerance, the softness of love is an essential quality to abate colossal external strain. The moistness of love enables us to relate to people with compassion, mercy, and hospitality which helps to bring healing within times of crushing strain. In addition, a sense of belonging to something very tender and divine within ourselves helps us to endure pressure from forces that makes us feel unwanted. Furthermore, conveying intimacy, being hospitable to intimacy, and feeling intimate with the divine love of the soul enables us to endure the strain of social pressures. In essence, the softness of tolerance, love, belonging, and intimacy enables us to endure crushing forces. In contrast, hardness of our attitudes will cause us to break apart when we feel crushed by undesirable social circumstances. For example, intolerance towards the differences of others will result in various unfruitful responses from the crushing stress of friction. Forms of those unfruitful responses include hatred that spreads through the social network which under pressure will result in further hostilities. Furthermore, when under various degrees of pressure we will attempt to exclude the ones who do not conform to the guidelines established for social belonging. That incites fragmentation, ill-will and further strain in the social network. Moreover, sexual abuses will come about from being under enormous pressure to experience intimacy or some form of sensual gratification. Very clearly, we see how hardness causes a person to break apart under the strain of social variances. Even so, the softness of the spiritual fruit enables us to endure social pressures better than hardness.
The light of our divine worth is preserved because softness endures pressure better than hardness. The source of our sense of worth exists in the softness of our soul enabling us to endure the external forces that attempt to crush our ego. For example, when the moistness of the spiritual fruit floods our ego then degrading ridicule is not able to crush us but instead we persevere through an inner sense of worth. When we feel tranquility within our self-esteem then we are able to withstand external ridicule with dignity. Likewise, from our inward tenderness we are aware of the supreme worth of our life by the light shining on the loving deity of the soul. And we abate the hardness of self-destructive behaviors. External stress is not able to compel us to harmful responses. Additionally, from the softness of our soul flows positive energy in how we view ourselves in times when external humiliation might add pressure. Very clearly, soft qualities within our sense of worth enables us to endure the pressures attempting to crush our self-esteem. In contrast, the hardness of our inner being makes us barren of soft fruitfulness. In that hardness is blindness to the light of our divine worth causing us to break apart when experiencing external pressures on our ego. When we feel ridicule from outer forces the hardness of our inner being causes us to react with disrespect to others resulting in hostile conflicts. In essence, when the quality of our own life is degraded or otherwise humiliated then inner hardness shows no esteem for life which induces fatal consequences. The negative energy flowing from hardness of the soul lacks reverence for our divine worth resulting in pessimistic and evil reactions when a person feels disrespected. Obviously, a hardened inner life breaks apart when external pressures crushes a persons’ sense of worth.
The expression of our identity is preserved because softness endures pressure better than hardness. Think of the softness of your inner life as enabling you to be easy on yourself in what you say and do. And, of course, being easy on ourselves helps us to survive the pressures that might crush our self-expression. Being easy on ourselves flows from the positive energy that lives within us, which comes from reverence to the divinity of the soul, which generates the spirit of optimism. The softness coming from that optimism allows us to open ourselves to fruitfulness in the expression of who we are when external pressures attempt to strain or suppress that communication of our identity. In essence, the tenderness of spiritual fruitfulness gives us faith for who we are from the goodness of our soul. In addition, the pliable nature of the divine fruit supplies a resilient supply of joy to enable us to endure the negativism of external suppression. Very clearly, softness in the expression of our identity helps us to persevere during oppressive stress. In contrast, the hardness of our inner life will cause us to break apart when negative influences crush upon the expression of who we are. Very simply, some people are so inflexible and rigid in their demand to be heard that they exhibit hostility in what they say and do if pressured by oppressive forces. In fact, their calloused communication becomes the identity they are know by which further exasperates an attempt to speak from the goodness of their inner life. The oppressive pressures cause them to break apart in their words and behaviors as they become overly exertive with pessimism, an air of evilness, and with an ominous tone towards the divinity of the soul. Quite obviously, a hard response to pressure affects how we express ourselves and changes the identity of who we are.
There are proponents that attempt to cause inner softness to turn to hardness. They will deny that the softness of the spiritual fruit has anything to do with enduring external pressures. Simultaneously, they incite hardened attitudes that cause people to break apart when confronting stress. When a person responds to pressure from the soft spirit of peace, some others will utilize debates, anger, and other loudness or hostilities. Their intent is to harden the softness of peacemakers to create conflict in response to stress. When they engage you into conversation their purpose is to cause friction, then to harden the softness that allows you to endure colossal amounts of pressure, which ultimately allows them to convey themselves as civilly fruitful people. In that “negotiating” process they are capable of leaving you in a sad, pessimistic, and depressed state which could begin to harden the softness of joy and optimism of inner life. Even so, acceptance of the divinity of the soul will allow the creamation of our inner life to fill us with the pliable softness of the spiritual fruit to give us endurance when experiencing massive pressures.
There are reservoirs of people who would like to see the softness of our inner being turn to hardness. They realize that the softness of divine qualities enable us to endure external pressures, but their intent is to incite hard responses to stressful situations. The attitudes that exit those reservoirs are words that are hurled like rocks, or designed to cause friction to harden the softness of inner life. Their behaviors will also be abrupt, harsh, loud, or otherwise purposed to oppose the creamy softness that allows us to respond civilly amidst very stressful situations. Those attitudes transfer directly through people who intend to harden all the beauty, softness, tenderness, and social qualities that exist among those they detest. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through people who have become calloused to approaches of kindness, goodwill, and love as they reject and utilize negativism towards tenderness.
The attitudes of opposing the inner softness that endures pressure better than hardness enter us because we want to feel praise instead of ridicule and desire for acceptance than to be ostracized. The process of hardening the tenderness of the soul involves much ridicule, humiliation, degradation, and basically being tossed aside like garbage. For that reason, some people will choose to reject soft qualities for the purpose of deriving a sense of self-worth from the praise of those inciting unfruitful behaviors in response to pressure. In addition, making the inner being calloused comes about by persistently placing a soft person amidst people they would consider undesirable or unbearable. Eventually, that soft person would choose to reject all softness from people they consider unwanted until that tender person begins to become hardened to the pliability of the spiritual fruit. In that event, the person who rejects the input of spiritual fruitfulness begins to receive acceptance by those inducing hardness through social networks.
The people susceptible to the hardening of their inner softness focus more on external appearances, peer standards, or other worldly factors. In essence, they reject what they feel is taboo, unacceptable, or inappropriate but in the process they are rejecting the soft qualities of love, peace, faith, and perseverance. Some people will persistently expose susceptible individuals to detestable situations until the well-meaning person breaks apart under the pressure. Even so, we can interrupt the cycle that hardens the inner softness that enables us to endure external pressure. That is done by being open to the soft, creamy, and moist qualities of our inner being regardless of what the external world brings. In essence, we should always be aware that our inner fruitfulness is what helps us to endure colossal external pressures. But focusing on external or worldly beliefs only serves to harden us to the blossoms of the fruit of the spirit. In that light, the fruit of peace, love, faith, and perseverance enables us to experience the softness that endures pressure better than hardness.
We can assess that softness endures pressure better than hardness. The diagnosis is that some people want to harden the softness of spiritual qualities to incite conflict in response to external pressures. Even so, we plan to respond to external pressures from the moist tenderness of our inner life. We implement that plan by being receptive to the cremation of the hardness of our inward being. That cremation is a process of the workings of the divinity of the soul that results in the formation of the spiritual fruit. We know we are successful in soft responses to external pressures when the fruit of love, peace, faith, and perseverance blossom in what we say and do. In that event, we easily comprehend that softness endures pressure better than hardness.