Sunday, February 11, 2007

pass it on

My own personal experiences and reflections on the world around me continue to convince me that there's too much suffering (from disease, natural disaster, and unfortunate accidents let alone that which is human induced like racism, war, political oppression, and so on) for there to be an omnipotent and ever-loving God, who takes the cares of his dearest creation - humanity - at heart. For the evidence, which to me is so blatantly clear, tells me something entirely different. We search and long and pray endlessly with the most admirable intentions that somewhere above in the distant skies there exists a Divinity, one who cherishes each of us in the most awesome way and who can put an end to our arduous search for purpose or meaning in our lives. This millennial old search, however, is an empty one I feel because in the process we look to the heavens for the purpose of our being here when the answer has always been around us. The answer is right here on Earth.

This doesn't mean, however, that there isn't any hope because there's no supreme Divinity. Sure, there's hope. There is a lot of it and it rests with us. Our greatest hope rests with us alone as a people and a species. And the responsibility to ourselves and to each other of making our world a more compassionate, better place, then, rests on us alone not with a distant, uninterested God.

What makes the suffering more bearable? It's each other.

I have been and continue to be humbled by those who have shown me so much love. Their continued interest in my journey and their offerings of support (financial, logistical, and/or emotional) have taught me more about what it means to love and thereby, what it means to be human, which reminds me of a quotation by St. Thomas Aquinas, which I learned many years ago:

To love is to will the good of another.

Pass it on. Just pass it on.

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
-Mahatma Gandhi

2 Comments:

Comment Anonymous Raul... said...

We should chat about this Duane. You've certainly made a number of religious leaps in your life...are you sure you want to be leaping into the abyss? It's a tough road out.

1:15 AM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks for commenting. Yes, we should talk about this at some point but I wouldn't equate my outlook as "leaping into the abyss."

5:06 PM  

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