July 12-B, 2022

Elves and Fairies Live Nearby Oil Paint Rendered –Mebkin Abbey, Monks Corner, South Carolina
It is all in what we make of it,
do with it,
do about it.
It is nothing without us.
We make it what it is.
It is what it becomes through us
and our interaction with it,
our interplay with it,
our impact upon it,
which is also its impact upon us.

And "it" is anything we want it to be.

We have the power of perspective
over "it."
"It" is exactly what we say "it" is.

And "it" turns the table on us,
by showing us exactly who we are
by the way we see/say what "it" is.
We become visible to ourselves--
transparent to ourselves--
by seeing ourselves seeing/saying
what "it" is
in everything we see.

It is us we are talking about
when we say something/anything about

We are our perspective.
We are our take on things.
We are the center of our world.
Our world is what it is
because of us and our perspective.

Change our perspective 
and you/we change us.
We are not the same person
when we see things differently.

Take a stone for example.
The Jews of lore were always 
stoning someone to death
because they did not have guns 
or swords,
and people needed to die,
and stones were always handy.

Stones in that case served
the same purpose
as burning people at the stake
or hanging people by the neck
until dead.

Or nailing people on a cross.

Speaking of burning people at the stake,
the Westminster Divines
were good at that.

The Westminster Divines come to mind
because if I had lived in their day,
they would have burned me at the stake.

The Romans would have nailed me to a cross.
The vigilantes would have hung me by the neck.
The Jews would have stoned me to death.

Because the way I see is not the way they see/saw.
And their way of seeing cannot/could not 
tolerate a different way of seeing.

"If you don't see like we do,
we have to kill you! See?"

We kill people,
excommunicate people,
shun people,
hate people
and make their lives miserable
because of the way they see things.

"If they don't see like we do,
they deserve to die!"

Because they are a threat to our stability,
they rock our world,
by seeing differently
and therefore calling into question
the validity of the way we see things.
And they have to die,
or we do.
Better them than us.

Death over a difference in perspective.
Because perspective is life or death,
life and death.

Which, of course, is crazy.

It is just how we see things!
And things are not the way we say things are!
Things have an independent existence
quite apart from us and how we see them.

Draw a border around anything.
That thing is more than you say it is.
We cannot say all there is to say
about anything.
There is more to everything than meets the eye.
Any eye.
All eyes.

The world would be better off,
and we would be as well,
if we said nothing about anything.
Or if we took nothing we said about anything

If we knew it was only a temporary thing 
we said about the thing,
and had nothing of permanence at all about it.
It is just a convenience to see things as we do,
but we are free to change our mind about them
at any time.

We can see things differently with no harm done.
Try seeing things like that for a change.
Loosen up.
A lot.
At the very idea that anything could be
what we say it is.

Nothing is only what we say it is.
A lot of things are not at all 
what we say they are.

What we do about that
is up to us.


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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