Environmental policy, earth-based mentality, Teilhardian views, and shape-shifting hues, all contribute to a growing concern amongst us, while the earth spins, and all of creation groans within for a solution to what appears inevitable – from the cradle of civilization until the current time, the question remains, has our stewardship refrained from maintaining our very own life-support system?
If we are actually approaching the brink of a turning point,
necessary for the continuation of the human species on earth,
then, how shall we measure the distance that exists,
between our fears, and what we perceive as an undisputed reality?
If we only look at one side of the coin, so to speak,
emphasizing the negative, the dulled images on the obverse
of what used to shine brilliantly, when freshly minted,
then we may be compelled to attribute the losses,
to the usual suspects, without acknowledging the deeper truths.
The light of redemption for humanity begins within, and spreads without, candle by candle, flame by flame, until the hearts of all mankind are alight with compassion, and a sense of justice, for harmony to prevail. Even so, most will choose not to follow this path, and the wicked will continue to be wicked, as the righteous continue to pursue righteousness. This may appear to be a bleak reality; however, I believe that it is important to acknowledge the existence of both good and evil in the world.
Where is hope? Hope may be found in the promises of G-d to enlighten our eyes to the truth. For, there will be no hundredth monkey effect, nor Omega Point of unification, until Heaven smiles upon us from Above. Neither will there be a utopia brought about by man through technology, nor a peace brokered by world leaders, until the final battle of good and evil, whereof good will triumph. So, for myself, I will seek to remain in the light and look Above for the answer. Until then, love my neighbor as myself, unmask the lies in the world, and seek to be a light in a world of darkness.
Dedicated to the victims and injured in Tulsa, Oklahoma;
to the innocent lives lost in Uvalde;
and to the lives lost in Bufalo, New York.
Additionally, to the lives taken in Ukraine by a merciless foe,
and all of the victims of the recent terror attacks in Israel.
Except for the designation inscribed on one of my more secular-oriented calendars, I would not have known that Monday was Memorial Day. Thus, cognizant that Sunday was Jerusalem Day, and Tuesday Rosh Chodesh (the New Month) on the Hebrew calendar, the American holiday was reduced to a passing thought for me: that is to say, it reminded me of Jerusalem Day, and the fallen soldiers in Israel. Perhaps, I am becoming more like a family friend, who is a Rabbi, and had once told me that he is not really present, mentally he is in Israel. Today, the first of the Hebrew month of Sivan is a time of renewal, to begin again, on a monthly basis, to encounter life, by way of a revivification, after a day of introspection (tikkun hanefesh – renewal of the soul) that occurs on the previous day, the last day of the month on the Hebrew calendar.