March 13-B, 2023

Goodale State Park 01 11/01/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Adams Mill Pond, Camden, South Carolina
I am sorry that it has come to this.
I blame it all on money.
On Capitalism.
On the profit at any price orientation
of society as a whole worldwide.

"The love of money/power
is the root of all evil,"
is an ancient realization
that changes nothing over time.

Money is power.
With money we can do anything we want.
That's the catch.
We don't know what to want.
And what to not-want.
We want it all.
We want everything.
Right Now!
No matter the outcome.

Moneyed people cannot take no 
for an answer.
They will have their way
despite the cost.

All of those Russian oligarchs 
who fall off balconies
and out of speedboats
are in somebody's way
who wants to have their way
at somebody else's expense.

People with money
do not have any idea
of what to do with money.

They just love the idea of money
and the power to do what they want,
and they want something 
all the time.
Mostly more money,
more power
for no reason.

And here we are.
With people using politics
to get more money for themselves,
and more power
for no reason.

The snowball is rolling
down a steep incline
and the end
will not be pretty.

When things are out of control,
out of anyone's control,
as this is,
the only thing to do 
is to get as much out of the way
as possible
and wait it out.

Waiting it out generally means
waiting for some door 
to something better opens,
and walking through.

Knowing the right door
when it opens
is the trick.

People get tired of waiting
and rush through any door
that looks promising,
thinking anything is better than this,
only to find out not so.

There is the frying pan
and there is the fire.
The real trick is to avoid both.

Good luck with that! 


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.

4 thoughts on “March 13-B, 2023

  1. Yesterday I began to explore the question: “What would a life-affirming culture/system look like?”

    Google brought me back to the first study circle I joined more than 30 years ago called The Elmwood Circle. We met in a conference room at UCLA in Westwood and began to explore the ideas of a physicist Fritjof Capra. He wrote The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point, The Systems View of Life, and numerous other books that explore the connection between quantum physics and spirituality.

    I was excited to revisit this energizing question and want to explore present day organizations who are trying to build a sustainable future by creating life-affirming practices. I’ve been down in the dumps lately and am glad to find a new purpose to explore.

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  2. This is called “Waiting on the door to open and walking through.” Questions to explore come to us “out of nowhere,” and we find ourselves being led by invisible hands. Happy exploring to you!

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  3. I think a life-affirming cultural system would look primitive, like native American tribes. Equality and sharing the wealth, no extremes, just people affirming one another and depending on one another. Money and power screw with that.


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