April 14, 2022


Glade Creek Mill 10/28/2006 Oil Paint Rendered — Babcock State Park, Clifftop, West Virginia
Would it be easier for Russia to admit defeat,
or to launch a nuclear strike against Ukraine?

The is the ultimate damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-don't situation.

"Do you want to die this way?
Or do you want to die that way?"

With a psychopath at the controls,
he won't ask the question.
He will simply push the button.

And the survivors will not consider themselves
lucky to be alive.

That we are even at a place
that I can write these words
about a credible scenario 
within the next few days or weeks
is an outlandish reflection of where we are
as a civilization.

How did it come to this?
Who could have stopped it?
Who can stop it now?

And, China is talking about war with Taiwan.

Are you asking me to believe 
these people cannot think of anything 
better to do?

Putin and Xi, what are you thinking?
I'm thinking how did you get to be 
as old as you are
without growing up?

I'm also thinking how many people
who have grown up over the ten million years
of human existence
have become disgusted with endless wars,
and taken Lao Tzu's way
of saying the hell with it
and riding off on their ox to the west to die. 



Beulah Land 46 Oil Paint Rendered
I have never see a world more in need of
a perspective shift 
than this one is.

Everybody knows what is important
and nobody agrees about it.

What's important?
There is no consensus.

Who is keeping it stirred up?
Who doesn't want consensus?
Who benefits from chaos?
Who profits from insanity?
Who is behind the production 
of confusion, fear, uncertainty, 
anger, hatred, vitriol unabating?

Suddenly there are pissed off people
showing up at every school board meeting
in the country
angry about critical race theory,
or taking issue with books in school libraries,
or demanding to know why science teachers are teaching 
whatever they don't want to be taught today...

Who is choreographing the upheaval?

Are you telling me this kind of madness
has its own momentum?
That if any society can be stirred to the point
of not liking anything,
the dissatisfaction takes on
self-perpetuating, self-developing,
self-destructive capability
that is incapable of being corralled, 
and becomes the latest incarnation of Kirttimukha,
devouring itself for the joy of its own demise?

Is that's what is going on?

And they are incapable of changing their perspective
because they get too much satisfaction
from hating/fearing everything?

That is an addiction to end addictions, 
and a completely sorry state of affairs.


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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