You Can't You Ain't Worth It

The Emancipation Proclamation followed by the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery and set a people enslaved for so long finally free.

Freedom, a word familiar to all and known by all yet has eluded a countless many of men and women alike.

In an age where the measurement of human dignity (as truly recognized in the constitution of all just nations) is muddled by materialism and financial pursuit, where many are hapless as they find themselves struggling to build their nest egg and at the same time juggling with financial obligations e.g. bank loans (house, car, education), credit card debts, perform competently at work and so on and forth.

The modern life requires the balancing of a few balls disregarding whether one is up to it or not. None of the balls must touch the ground because that is what failure is all about. The ball dropped and a fail grade, an F is rightly accorded.

Day in and day out, many at work performed their best in order not be in the fail category of their boss' filing cabinet. Yet, at times, their best was just not good enough to satisfy the demanding appetite of the company and the bosses, and therefore they were not accorded the fat bonus or the coveted promotion. They were indirectly told, "You can't perform and therefore you ain't worthy for any kind of reward".

In reflection, they were pretty much enslaved because like the black slaves, they are not worthy because they cannot performed to the boss' mark (a mark that even the bosses could not attain). They stayed enslaved to these bosses and companies as their hands and feet are chained and shackled by financial obligations and other commitments, and their freedom stolen away.

In a material world, the chant will always be "You can't therefore you ain't worth it". When one does not perform, does that mean that he or she is not worthy? Does one have to sing to the tune of enslavement because of financial and other commitment pressures? How does one measure his or her dignity in this world?

There will be no Abraham Lincoln who will emancipate such situation yet in the words of the man, "all men are created equal", one must, therefore, recognize himself or herself as capable and able despite the report cards of the company's bosses.

The truth is "You can and you are worth it" because every person under the heavens is dignified unless he or she chooses otherwise.

As such, to reiterate, all men and women are created equal, and therefore "You CAN and You are WORTH IT".

by Aloy L. Counsellor, Author, Speaker. He has rigorously trained in counselling and psychotherapy, served full-time in ministries, and worked businesses on solid principles. His calling and mission are to counsel, write, and speak Hope to all.

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