When I undertook this format for writing several years ago, it was with the intent to share my experience, strength, and hope in my personal quest for sanity and serenity as a recovering alcoholic. I had no aspirations for a blog that would draw thousands of readers or ambitions for a post that would go viral. And, I have not been disappointed.
The events of the past year have tilted my concerns and attentions to the political arena. Certainly my personal opinions are valid, my voice needs to be counted, and my vote will continue to be registered, but, continual attention to a situation which is beyond my control exacts a toll on serenity and composure.
Today, I realized that common sense will ultimately prevail, that goodness and mercy will prevail, and that life will go on with or without my input. But, I also came to understand that our culture ( Western, specifically American) is driven not by a sense of spirit, but rather by a sense of self. We are a culture of egoism and self-absorption. It is the only explanation for the politicians we have installed as leaders of the free world.
A wealthy friend, let’s call him Joe, is a minor millionaire who spends more money on a pair of shoes than I can spend on monthly groceries. Joe has called our current President a pig. He has questioned our President’s shady connections. He is one of the voters who voted for the least worst of the worst candidates in decades. Yet, Joe confided that the stock market is doing great, he is making money and therefore he is happy with the pig with shady connections who is currently posing as POTUS. Another pair of designer shoes for Joe and maybe a Rolex are in his offing.
Yes, today has been a time of refection and redirect. I know who I am in God’s world, I intend to strive on for a compassionate, caring, communing interaction with the world’s peoples, creatures, and environment. This is the only wealth which is worth chasing, it is the eternity detailed in the chapters of the great scriptures, it is that which the greatest of God’s messengers have attested as truth; it is the way of Jesus, the path of Buddha and it is available to all who will subdue themselves to the greater power so simply presented in the recovery program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Oneness which we call God, or Allah, or Brahman will continue with or without us. The universal, omnipotent power of the Oneness will do this…with or without us. Our reason for being here on this earth in this life is to promote and assist the physical/spiritual welfare of our brothers and sisters, to cherish the creation and to protect the environment. We are not here to promote our version of God, to defend our version of God, or in any way assist our version of God. The one you name as God, the one I name as God is perfectly capable of handling those details. Let’s appreciate the simplicity of our solidarity.