February 19, 2022

01

Dead Horse Point 10-11-2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Dead Horse Canyon State Park, Moab, Utah
The tasks of life must be attended.
The stages of life must be completed.
Our Great Idea is to opt out of both.

It started with Adam and Eve,
which are totally imaginary and symbolic,
expressing as they do
the essence, the heart, of being human,
the legacy of humanity through the ages:
"Avoid the drudgery and the boredom--
look for the action and go for the gusto!
every time!"

Democracy is one scam,
one con,
one racket after another.
It was designed to be an atmosphere,
an environment,
conducive to attending the tasks of life,
of completing the stages of life,
but it quickly turned into
one scam/con/racket after another,
until here we are
with democracy having nothing to offer
beyond the dream/fantasy
of being laid,
being high
and being rich.

Who wants more than that from democracy?
What else is democracy good for
beyond the hope of being laid,
being high
and being rich?

That's Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden,
saying, "There has to be more to it than this!"
And all we have come up with through the ages
is being laid,
being high
and being rich.

Chunk 'em all, I say,
and go back to attending the tasks of life
and completing the stages of life,
which are the two things anybody can do
and nobody wants anything to do with.

The tasks of life come down to the task at hand.
What is being asked of us here and now?
What is called for in this moment
in this situation
right here, right now?
Do it!
The way it needs to be done!
Moment by moment.
All your life long.

Can you imagine anything worse than that?
Well, look around.
The world as it is is worse than that
by any standard of measure.
And getting worse,
moment by moment--
because no one is minding the store
and taking care of the business at hand.

The teachers can't teach.
The cops can't keep the peace.
The politicians can't honor their oaths of office.
We can't depend on anybody for anything,
and they can't depend on us,
because all everybody wants
is getting laid,
getting high
and getting rich.

The cure is to be-here-now,
see what needs to be done
and do it the way it needs to be done.
Moment-by-moment.
All our life long.

That's the message Jesus came to deliver.
We showed him.

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02

The Bench 10/11/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Bass Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
We live in the service of diversion,
distraction, denial.

No one wants anything to do
with the truth of existence,
the reality of being alive.

SameoldSameold.
HumdrumHumdrum.
Booorrrrriiinnnggg!!!

We don't know what we want,
but we know this isn't it.

No one wants to be who they are,
where they are,
when they are.

What does wanting know?
Only, "Not this! Not this! Not this!..."

What's the most courageous thing in the world?
Being here, now,
and doing what needs to be done here, now,
the way it needs to be done,
one moment after another.

It's called "Taking care of business."
And we don't want to have
anything to do with it.
It just isn't our thing.

See how long you can do it,
just doing what is called for
moment by moment,
starting right now.

What needs to be done?
Do it the way it needs to be done.
And then do the next thing that needs to be done.
And the next.

See how many things you get done
before you say, "Enough of this!"
And get back to diversion, distraction, denial.

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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 and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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