August 22-A, 2022

Lower Cascades 04 05/02/2011 — Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, North Carolina
Impartiality cannot be a steady state of being.
There are no steady states of being.
And so, it is said,
"It is easier to be a saint
than to live with one."
Because not even a saint
is a steady beam of kindness and light. 

As soon as we care about something
we are partial to it.
Feeding the hungry,
championing the cause of the poor,
and being an advocate for the environment
puts us against corporate tax evasion
and corporate greed,
and fossil fuel expansion,
and the destruction of the Amazon rain forest,

We cannot erase dualities,
they will be with us always.
We bear the pain of their continuation,
and live within the tension 
of mutually exclusive polarities--
which means dancing
the dance of the Serengeti,
with the lions and the antelope,
the jackals and wildebeests,
with tragedy in the particulars,
and balance over-all.


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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