September 06-A, 2022

Biedler Forest 17 02/19/2017 Oil Paint Rendered — Audubon Four Hole Swamp Wildlife Preserve, Harleyville, South Carolina
The world as we know it
is on a shoddy foundation.
It is based on getting/having/amassing/
compelling/and on and on like that.

It is based on having the power
to make happen what we want to happen,
and to keep someone else from having
power equal to ours.

This is the basis of capitalism and fascism.
Which are at complete odds
with democracy
and the idea of liberty and justice for all.
And Truth, Equality, Justice, Freedom!

People need the right to be true to themselves
in ways that do not interfere
with their neighbors' right to be true to themselves.

Equity has never been a highly esteemed value
across all economic levels of society.

Any society beyond primitive tribal societies.

I'm sorry about that. Grief-filled, actually.
It is our loss as a species
that we have failed to protect
all members of the species,
and help one another to a life
that was authentic/genuine/real/true,
and not the means
to someone else's gain.

I think it will take a life-form
quite different from ours
to pull that off.

Something, say, on the order of Humpback Whales,
or Giant Sequoias. 


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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