August 08-A, 2022

Sailing By 11/01/2008 Oil Paint Rendered — Silver Lake, Pamlico Sound, Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
No highs, no lows.
"Hold her steady as she goes."

There are no steady states of being,
so we opt for the next best thing,
keeping the wobbles within 
a normal distribution curve.

This is the meaning of,
"The hills and mountains
will be made low,
the valleys and the swamps
will be lifted up,"
and equality and individuality
will characterize life among all people 
and justice will be done
throughout the earth.

Of course, this requires cooperation
and mutual commitment to the good of all,
and who is going to enforce that?
And who is going to pay off the enforcers
to look the other way?
And who is going to run the black markets
and the sex trade operations?
And who is going to keep them from being run?
And, like that, things are exactly the way they are.
Because people thirst for power over people
and want to rule the world.

What is the fascination with ruling the world?
With controlling the seas
and collecting the tariffs?
With being rich beyond reckoning?
With preferring to be obeyed
over having a life?

And then, there are people like me,
sitting quietly, 
reading Chinese poetry,
wishing everybody would leave everybody alone.


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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