July 04-B, 2022

01

Fogged In 09/29/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Stonington Harbor, Deer Isle, Maine
If we had known then
what we know now
about the laws of physics
and the nature of the universe,
it would be a different world
on every level.

We are cursed by what we are bound to,
the vision of our ancestors
about how things are 
and what needs to be done about it.

This is all we have to work with, ever.
How things are 
and what needs to be done about it.

We have to have clarity
of vision and purpose,
to be grounded in an accurate
and reliable worldview,
and to have the resolve
and resiliency 
to be who we are
and do what needs to be done
here/now
in each situation as it arises
no matter what
forever.

When we are burdened/blinded by false assumptions,
presumptions,
suppositions,
superstitions,
inferences,
conclusions,
etc.,
we don't have a chance
to meet the world as it is
and as it needs to be met,
and we make things incredibly worse
than they have any reason being
year-by-year
until the combined weight
of our collective inaccurate assessments
of what's what and what needs to be done about it
adds up to hopelessness and absurdity
in an ever-tightening cycle of insanity
begetting insanity
to the detriment of existence worldwide.

Our mistaken mythology/theology/ideology have killed us
as a species and a planet.

We have to exorcise ourselves of it all
and start over,
here/now,
just as we are.

There is no God to please
and keep happy.

We are all we have.
We are all we need--
grounded in our original nature
and our innate virtues,
living in ways that are true to ourselves
and our daemon/gifts/shtick
in seeing what's what
and being right about
what needs to be done about it
where, when and how
in each situation as it arises
and doing it
no matter what
all our life long.

The religion of here/now/now what?
is all we need to be original human beings
in right relationship with ourselves,
one another
and the planet/universe.

Instant salvation
for the low, low price
of being free from the need to be saved.
World without end.
Amen (May It Be So).

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02

Grand Prismatic Spring 03 06/29/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Jacob Bronowski said,
"You cannot know the truth
unless you live in certain ways."

He meant, "Unless you live truthful lives."
He meant, "Unless you live truthfully."

The same goes for knowing
what has always been called "God."
We cannot know that unless we live Godly lives.
Unless we ARE the God we say we know.

Whom do you know who passes that test?
The Godliness test?
Yet they all hold hands and proclaim
that they know God and love God.
Then force women to be pregnant against their will
(God knew no one can be forced to be a mother
against her will,
so God got Mary's permission before impregnating her
with the Bebe Jesus).
Then hate gay people,
and trans people,
and people of color,
etc.

We are to live with everybody
in ways that make it easy for them
to think that we love them.

We are to live lovingly with everyone.

How many people in your life
have reason to think you do not love them?
Or can't tell whether you love them or not?

If they can't tell that you love them,
you may as well not love them
for all the good your loving them does.

Take up the practice of living lovingly 
with everyone.
Including tone of voice
and demeanor.

Let them all die thinking 
they were your favorite people.

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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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