Monday, September 12, 2011

Ten Years After

At times in history there have been events as tragic as these. Throughout ten or twenty thousand years of written human history we know cities have been razed, peoples anhilated, swaths of barbarism, destruction and death in the remou. I cannot remember Pearl, or Auschwitz, or Wounded Knee but know they exist because we will never let ourselves forget. And we use them to fuel our hatred, feed fodder to our fires of hatred and distrust. Reading at church yesterday for the memorial service, from the Bible we know "that which is now has already been, and that which is to be already has been, and God seeks that which has passed by." In other words, history repeats itself. We can plan for that, knowing that it is true.

Sometimes to find truth, that illusive fact that will provide illumination to our lives as a society of people on earth, we go to the Bible. How wise are Solomon and David, with the benefit of their histories, and the seemingly direct, essential contact with God to write the texts which have guided us for another four thousand years. But do those words bind us? If no one wrote them would our collective memories be wiped clean, or would not humanity still vie with each other for land=money=power?

Pure and free, strong and brave we can begin to see the heart of humanity who ruled this continent before us seemingly untouched by the 'evils' of the continental humans. But there were still wars, fierce and bloody competition for land. Jealosy, anger—hate and indifference existed in them as in all of us. Do those from the continent bare responsibility for the barbarisim wrought before their arrival, or only after? It is the nature of elephants to rule their society gently, with strentgh; and dolphins to rule theirs swiftly, and free in the oceans.

It has been the nature of mankind from the beginning of time is excersise its nature as well. In the primordial miasma, the womb of our world, our seed fought to exist. Queen Esther preserved hers in the court of Xerxes in the Persian Empire. But, how many other races were left behind enabling ours to remain? The people with strange anthropological names who lived in uprightness over 3 million years ago, uncoverd by us today, leave no doubt about how it could have been us to survive. The reasons they passed away appear from the ether.

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing but He can satisfy. He done it in such a way that we cannot find out from the beginning until the end what it was. Until the mystery is solved, I know that there is nothing better for them than to be glad to get and do for as long as they live."