In this exceptional article, Spencer W. Kimball tell the story of the fable of the camel and his owner who were traveling across the desert sand dunes when a wind storm came up.
The traveler quickly set up his tent and moved in, closing the flaps to protect himself from the cutting, grinding sands of the raging storm. The camel was of course left outside, and as the violent wind hurled the sand against his body and into his eyes and nostrils he found it unbearable and finally begged for entrance into the tent.
“There is room only for myself,” said the traveler.
“But may I just get my nose in so I can breathe air not filled with sand?” asked the camel.
“Well, perhaps you could do that,” replied the traveler, and he opened the flap ever so little and the long nose of the camel entered. How comfortable the camel was now! But soon the camel became weary of the smarting sand on his eyes and ears … :
“The wind-driven sand is like a rasp on my head. Could I put just my head in?”
Again, the traveler rationalized that to acquiesce would do him no damage, for the camel’s head could occupy the space at the top of the tent which he himself was not using. So the camel put his head inside and the beast was satisfied again—but for a short while only.
“Just the front quarters,” he begged, and again the traveler relented and soon the camel’s front shoulders and legs were in the tent. Finally, by the same processes of pleading and of yielding, the camel’s torso, his hind quarters and all were in the tent. But now it was too crowded for the two, and the camel kicked the traveler out into the wind and storm.
This chilling video testimony by the infamous mass murderer and rapist, Ted Bundy, in his last message hours before he was executed in the electric chair, illustrates this principle perfectly.
The state of moral decline in the world and the inversion of decent values would have been unthinkable only ten years ago. For example, what started as an acceptance of the gay community grew into gay pride events and then gay marriage, and now boys and girls in some American schools are encouraged to choose which gender they would like to be for the next week, and boys wear dresses and can use girls’ bathrooms, encouraging “transgenderism” and further damaging the family unit by deliberately creating gender confusion in immature, prepubescent children.
In every area of life, we need to be disciplined and strong and stand up for what we believe in. It is more important than ever to define our values and affiliations. There are no more grey areas. Spencer W. Kimball’s message should be a subject for family discussion in every home.
Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com