Thoughts on a Thursday

The state agricultural department instructs us to spray a poison to kill the grass to plant a native wildflower garden.

The road department leaves years of trash on the roadside but not the trees or bushes.

We grow crops to feed cows, and cows to feed diet-related disease and sickness.

The government subsidizes foods that produce sickness and disease.

We spray poison to grow food and food is the poison that poisons us.

We are starving in a economy built and maintained by gluttony.

Our consumer lifestyles destroys created life.

Like Emerson said “Every excess causes a defect; every defect an excess.”

We have stuffed our lives with busyness,

our houses with crap

our bodies with junk

our minds with entertainment

our hearts with information

our spirits with fear

While emptying

our spirits of love

our hearts of compassion

our minds of truth

our bodies of life

our houses of charity

our lives of rest.

We are connected but lonely

Informed but ignorant

Comfortable but restless

Violent but cowards

Right but hypocrites

Alive but dead

Loud but dumb

Watchers but blind

Tuned in but shut off

Always eating but never satisfied

Christian but Christless

Atheist but Gods

Aware but apathetic

Alive but deadly

Speaking truth but living a lie.

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. Ralph Waldo Emerson

As consumers, we are consuming ourselves, our neighbors and our world to death.

No political party

No technology

No ideology

No philosophy

No information

No formula

No system

No program

No product

No pill

No procedure

No man

Not even you

Can save you from yourself

We avoid ourselves

to accuse and blame others.

Our problems are complex

The solutions are simple.

To love creation

Stop consuming

Stop wasting

Stop taking advantage

Stop using her to a means to your end.

To love creatures

Love creation.

To love yourself

Stop consuming junk

Stop wasting your time, talents and truth

Stop taking advantage of your gifts

Stop using yourself as a means

To your ends.

To love others

Love yourself.

Stop asking “What do I do?”

Start asking “How am I designed?”

Individuals are a whole and a part.

You are a holy temple

You are sacred

You are not a sewage container

A fast food restaurant

A junkyard

A machine

A computer

Remember who you are…

You are a gift

Treat yourself accordingly.

We are not designed to be consumers.

We are designed to be givers and receivers

Of life

Of love

Of truth

Of hope

Of joy

Of peace, patience, kindness, goodness,

Faithfulness and self-control.

Who are you?

What do you know about yourself?

What is your story?

What do you do with your anger and sadness?

Who do you thank for the gift of you?

Who do you share this gift of you with?

We have curated lifestyles

to avoid our created life.

We have produced gods

To avoid the Creator God.

We kill life in consuming

We uphold life by receiving and giving love.

The answer to climate change is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

The answer to racism is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

The answer to loneliness is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

The answer to diet-related disease and sickness Is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

The answer to division, hate, meaninglessness, and hopelessness Is to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

What am I saying?

I don’t believe we love ourselves

How do I know?

Because 88% of us are causing our own physical sickness and disease.

What are we causing that we cannot see

If we do not love ourselves

We will not love others.

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