February 16-C, 2023

Goldfinch 07/18/2018 02 Oil Paint Rendered
It is a matter of opinion
all the way down.
Everything reflects opinion.
Everything runs on opinion.
War is the final solution
regarding whose opinion rules
(And, since opinion never goes away,
war never ends).

All religion everywhere throughout time
is founded on opinion.
One person's faith is that person's opinion
of what ought to be believed
and done,
and why.

Religions have been at war with each other--
in one way or another--
for as long as there have been people.

People are the bane of existence,
and religion is the bane of people.
If we could just have our opinion in the matter
about every matter,
without trying to force our opinion
onto others...

We all have an opinion about what constitutes
a perfect lemon icebox pie,
a consummate Bordeaux,
a real human being...

Philosophies and theologies
also revolve around
someone's opinion about real human beings,
about how we ought to be.

The test of our opinion
regarding a real human being
comes down to how well
we apply/exhibit/exemplify that 
in our own life.

How close to our ideal person
does our life personify over time?
How objective/conscious/aware
are we in evaluating our own life?

How truthfully do we live?

How is integrity,
expressed in our life
in each situation as it arises?

How often, for how long,
do we become who having our way now
requires us to be?

Our opinions revolve around
what is in it for us,
and what we stand to gain or lose
by how we see what we look at
and how we want things to be.

In that way,
we are all 
"like the wind
that blows where it will."

A little consistency and constancy
would go a long way 
toward balance and harmony.


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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