April 11-A, 2023

Sundown at Pamlico Sound with a little help from Photoshop. The left half of the image is actual. I flipped it and manipulated the colors to make the right half.
We are being swept up in global fear
produced by the extreme right
who are always afraid of everything.

For sixty years or so, the members of the extreme right
have been filling the airways and media outlets
with their fear of The Complete Loss Of Everything,
and how Our Enemies Are Everywhere And Are Coming
To Take Our Guns Away!!!

That constant wailing and casting about takes its toll,
and the snowball gathers momentum.
Fear is a great self-perpetuating "See! See! They Are Coming!!!"
Once someone becomes afraid,
their fear is infective
and an epidemic/pandemic/plague of fear
steamrolls reason and logic
and the Lemmings rush to the sea
to get away from Gribbly Monster that is chasing them,
threatening their lives
(They would run forever if the sea did not get in their way).

The Far Right is a mass of Lemmings 
on their way to the sea,
carrying everyone with them worldwide.

Fear is self-destructive
and our best way of dealing with it
is to not be afraid of it,
or anything.

Here is the deep truth of existence spelled out clearly
for the Cosmos to recognize and embrace:

We are in control of very little,
and are at the mercy of merciless things
at every point of our way through our life.
Earthquake! Flood! Fire! Famine! Etc.!
come out of nowhere at any time to sweep us away.
The only thing we control
is our response to being out of control.

Don't let it bother you.
Anything can happen at any time, so what?
We are all going to die,
why let it matter?
What is the big F-ing Deal?

(The "F" in "F-ing," by the way,
stands for "Flick,
as in what we do when we flick a fly, say,
off our sleeve,
as if to say, "Get out of here! I have no time for you!
Go away! NOW!"
An "F-ing deal," is no deal at all,
because, "So what? Who cares? What difference does it make
If they take our guns away?
When have our guns ever done anything for us?
Or ever will?"
Our guns only foster the illusion of control!
The only safe place is the heart and mind
of those who have no need of being in control,
but can be completely at peace and unperturbed
by anything
because they have learned the secret
of caring about not caring,
and know just when to not care about the things
they can't do anything about.


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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