Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Antiphonal Reading #551

Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light. ...
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone. ...
Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.
-From the Ute Indians of North America, found in Singing the Living Tradition.

I see no reason to look any farther than the earth when search for a deity when the earth that provides for us has so much to teach us. I see no reason to believe in an ethereal, omniscient, manipulative god when we are already surrounded by a web of life and beauty.

I don't like the concept of a manipulative god as much as I disagree with fate and destiny. To me, all three are the same thing. They speak of a conscious existence controlling everything we do whether we fight it or go along with it willingly. On the other hand,I am willing to believe in causality: I did something, and that changed who I am in a way to make it more likely that I'm going to do something else.

The world is littered with dominoes, some already fallen, the rest poised to fall.

Those that are fallen can still affect us who fall on them, but can be no more affected themselves. All others, we connect to, touch, and affect, some in the most minute of ways. These dominoes which are our lives do not fall with the rapidity and the certainty of those toys that we assemble ourselves, for they are much smaller, have no minds of their own (that we know of) and are assembled into very uniform patterns and lines.

We are not assembled uniformly, nor to we always act by the rules that have been set before us.