|Digital Airbrush - by Jay Johnson|
A garden of tomatoes has grown wild with weeds. The gardener asks a young man to weed the tomatoes while he is gone. It is a simple task, pull all the weeds out of the tomato patch so the tomatoes can grow bigger.
After several hours the gardener returns to find the young man has barely started the job.
"Why haven't you finished?" Said the man.
The boy says, "There are so many kinds of plants here. I am not an authority on plants like you. I don't know what to pull up and what to leave."
The gardener said pointing out a plant, "This is a tomato plant. That's all you need to know.... pull up everything that's not like it. You don't have to know what the 100's of kinds of weeds look like, you just need to know what a tomato looks like. "
In trying to make right ideas grow we get completely overwhelmed by all the wrong ideas that surround the right ones. Wrong comes in so many different forms and grows in so many different ways we get stuck trying to figure out which ones should be tossed away. It is easy when you stop looking at the form of wrong and look only to save the right.
God is not Christian nor Muslim nor Buddhist nor Jewish nor Hindu nor Scientologist nor Frisbeetarian nor Republican nor Democrat, Independent, Fascist nor Socialist. God is just God, Omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscient. To put a label on God diminishes his universal Love.
There are so many wrong ideas invading my life right now. I try to exorcise them but like Hydra's head two more grow back in its place. What I really should be doing it just mucking the shit from my mental stall and holding only to the horse. It requires listening to that small voice inside my own identity. I don't have to wait for a Christian to tell me what is God, nor a Muslim to explain the concept of infidel, I have my own direct channel to the Almighty. When I am listening to my own spiritual GPS I am going via my own route. When I am holding to what I conceive as the highest source of Good then I am only looking for tomatoes and not becoming an expert on weeds. What ever you feed on or feed into will grow stronger.
If we really do believe in a universe that is above selfish human failings and a country NOT of conditional love but equal Liberty and Justice for all, then why do we entertain other ideas of what we are? In the paraphrased words of George Carlin... "Humans are not as powerful as the Universe. The earth will shuffle off humans from its surface like so many fleas off a dog."
We need not be concerned with the short term stupidity of those who think they are "in charge".
Ralph Waldo Emmerson said: "There is always some leveling circumstance that puts down the overbearing...... the dice of God are always loaded."
As you were,