Good morning friends of The Wordspinner’s Place,
There is so much tragedy and misfortune in the world today that one can’t help but be reminded about the question “If God loves us, why do bad things happen to good people”?
We need to look no further than nature to get answer. Take the mighty oak tree as an example. A healthy oak tree will produce over 20,000 acorns each year.
That is a mighty big number. We know that squirrles enjoy a good acorn and we know that some fall on barren ground. Still more eventually take root and carry on with their destiny of being an oak tree. I do not have any percentages as to how these various activities break down, but for the sake of this exercise, I’m going to assume that 10% make it to being seeds. That would mean that 2,000 acorns have a go at it each year.
We know however that unless there are ideal conditions, such as in an arbor and nurturing, the chances of a seedling growing up to be a mighty oak will depend on climate, weather, being food for animals, succumbing to plant diseases or insect blights and a score of other challenges.
To paraphrase a biblical saying, “many are called, but few are chosen”. Also, Darwin speaks of the “survival of the fittest”. The strongest go on and the rest “not so much”. Some of the seedlings will wither and die. Others will grow, but not as strong or as tall, in the shadow of their seed donor.
What can we learn from this?
The nature of our existance is based on our own doing, or the doings of those who preceeded us. In the beginning, we were given dominion and choice. We have missused both during our thousands of years on the planet, but we still have progressed to where we are today. We had low times (dark ages, plagues) and long periods of progress, materially, intellectually and artistically.
Much of the progress came from individuals with physical and mental handicaps. A person doesn’t have to be perfect in order to make awesome contributions to the planet’s growth.
Getting back to why everything isn’t perfect; it has to do with that “CHOICE” thing. Mankind (collectively) has made some serious blunders and after 6,000+ years of people coming and going, the collective effects of their actions dwell in us and control our every thought and action. This is called the Collective Unconscious and it is the greatest obstacle to individual success.
THINGS ARE NOT PERFECT BECAUSE WE ARE CREATING THEM NOT TO BE SO. UNLESS AND UNTIL WE REBUKE THE POWER THAT THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS EXERTS IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIVES WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE BANDIED ABOUT BY “THE SLINGS AND ARROWS OF OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE”.
We will talk a good deal more about the Collective Unconscious and how we control the debilitating effects of this menace. Suffice it to say, it is the most vital subject we will ever consider. Understanding CU will benefit us more than anything else. Getting back control will “set us free”.
Be blessed this day with uplifting thoughts.
Ken (THE WORDSPINNER)