December 03-A, 2022

Web Mandala Oil Paint Rendered
This is a culture
that will make you crazy.
It will split you away from yourself
and offer you diversions/distractions/denial
in place of providing the ways and means
to a life that is sustainable
and vibrant,
grounded in direction, 
meaning
and hope.

This is a culture devoid of direction,
meaning
and hope.

All it has to offer are diversions,
distraction
and denial.

Substitutes for life.
Facsimiles of life.
Plastic facades in place of life.

Take away the drugs and alcohol
that form the ground and foundation
of life 
for most of the people you know,
and what would their life hold for them?

And here is all I have to offer them:
Emptiness,
stillness
and silence,
and the proposition
that out of those three things
properly applied
in conjunction with their essential nature
and their innate virtues/character,
life will take root in them
and grow them beyond anything
they are capable of imagining
for themselves.

How many of them do you think
have a chance of buying into that deal?

Life pouring out,
spilling over
is well within our reach 
as a culture,
and it far exceeds our grasp.

And who can do anything about it?
So we don't think about it,
and take a pill.

It's going nowhere.
And gaining momentum.

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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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