November 12, 2020

03

Fall Leaves 31 11/12/2020 — Sassafras Leaves, 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina, an iPhone Photo
We have to grant our imagination
access to us.
We do that by allowing our mind
to range freely over our 
external and internal landscape,
playing with the possibilities,
turning things upside down,
inside out,
seeing things as they are
and as they should be
and as they never will be,
wondering why
how
what
when
where
about it all.

Taking things apart.
Putting them back together differently.
Getting to the bottom of everything.
Or half-way to the bottom of something.

Let your imagination wander around
with everything you have ever been told was so,
with everything you have always held to be so,
and see what you imagination has to say
about what is so,
and isn't so,
and may be so,
or not so.

Let your imagination play with your life!
And join in the game!
Playing along!

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02

Tree Tops Panorama 10/25/2019 — Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter, South Carolina
We need all the help we can get.
We are here, in part, to help one another.
The government is the extension 
of ourselves into an organized body
of helpfulness,
providing all people access
to what they need 
to live fulfilling,
productive,
creative,
satisfying lives.

The government is our collective way
of assisting one another
in the task of finding our life
and living it.

But, the government has been shanghaied
by corporate money and power
to serve corporate greed
at the expense of the people's need.
"Profit At Any Price"
is the motto of rampant capitalism
gone rogue.

The government has been taken over
by capitalists
who are out for their own idea
of the good
and use the people as means
to their ends.

The capitalists turn the people
against themselves
by demonizing labor unions,
and collective bargaining efforts,
and social programs,
and civil rights endeavors,
and environmental movements,
and anything that the capitalists
perceive to be a potential threat
to their ability to increase their wealth.

The capitalists own the government
and the media
and the social/cultural institutions
that keep the people living
well below their potential
or their optimum level of functioning--
and incite jealousy, hatred and fear
of each other among the people
to keep their own interest in
and allegiance to,
Profit At Any Price
serving them well in their pursuit
of increasing their wealth
for the sake of increasing their wealth
throughout the rest of time.

Capitalists need to wake up,
grow up,
and get a life
that is centered on their 
self-development as persons,
as human beings,
without thinking that is in any way
connected with their net worth. 

Money is just an easy way out
of doing the work required
to become a full/complete/actualized
human being.

Money is a diversion/distraction
from the work of being who we are
in the service of the true good of the whole.

We only need enough money
to buy the tools we need
and provide the wherewithal 
to do what needs to be done
with the gifts/daemon/character/
virtues/vitality/interests/
enthusiasm/heart and soul
that are reflected in our 
original nature
and come with us from the womb
and are at our disposal
in the work to find our life 
and live it
in being who we are,
doing what is ours to do,
in each situation as it arises
all our life long.

How to do that
is more of a problem
than it needs to be
because people are out for themselves
at the expense of everyone else.

Greed is driving the world.
Compassion is a much better choice.
See what you can do about 
putting things right
in the time left for living.

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01

Fall Leaves 28 11/10/2020 — 22-Acre Woods, Indian Land, South Carolina, an iPhone Photo
It takes more than the will to live.
It takes willing to live
beyond being 98.6 and breathing.
It takes willing to live 
as self-directed,
self-aware,
self-sacrificing
human beings,
in the service
of That Which Is Greater
Than They Are,
and Knows More Than They Know,
in doing what is called for
in each situation as it arises,
with no interest in,
or regard for,
their own personal advantage,
gain,
benefit,
good,
interest,
or boon,
but with the sincere
devotion to the good of the whole
and loyalty to That Which is Greater
Than They Are,
and Knows More Than They Know,
leading the way,
supplying their motivation,
and driving their effort
day-by-day.

A bit more on That Which Is Greater
Than They Are
and Knows More Than They Know...

In The Hero With A Thousand Faces,
Joseph Campbell says, talking about the Hero--
which is to be understood as 
every person through time--
"There is everywhere a benign power
supporting him in his superhuman passage."

And later:
"This is the power known to science as energy,
to the Melanesians as mana, to the Sioux Indians
as wakonda, the Hindus as shakti, the Christians
as the power of God... Its manifestation in the
psyche is termed, by the psychoanalysts as
libdio. And its manifestation in the cosmos as
the structure and flux of the universe itself."

This is the power that is known to the Taoists
as the Tao.

This is the power that is at the heart of all
religion everywhere.

We all, at various points in our life,
have experienced something beyond
ordinary, apparent, reality
at work in our life and in the world.
That "something"
is The Mystery At The Heart Of Life And Being--
about which we can say no more than
"It Is!"

But, if we cooperate with it,
if we collaborate with it,
if we "throw in with it,"
place ourselves "in accord with it,"
live "aligned with it,"
there comes to pass in our lived experience,
a sense of peace and well-being
unsurpassed by anything money can buy.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and five granddaughters, and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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