Wow ! Thanks Myne and Auspicious and commentators here ! You have renewed my faith, and lifted my spirit ! This stuff is of Biblical proportion, in the good sense. If we want to look for the good stuff there, we can find a lot of it without much trouble in Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) and Isaiah, which are all near smack bang in the middle of the Bible (Old and New Testaments). For me, that was the beginning of my "Search for Truth", and I often return to these books for inspiration.
If you haven't already come across this work, I hope that you in turn will be inspired by the poetry I have presented for the general public at http://wound-wisdom-poetry.blogspot.com . Your generously proffered works certainly add weight to these, and I hope it will be so for others, too. I am "Impatient Yet, yet Patient Still !" You too ?
The New Testament also contains much more that is good, if we take care to cull out the dogma and doctrine which now comes part and parcel with it these days. We have to overcome our own stumbling blocks to properly appreciate it. But overall, the New Testament is about Loving, and leading a good life, which involves loving our friends and neighbours (and even our opponents) at least as much as we love and appreciate - ourselves. In other words, we should treat others in a respectful way; the same way we would like to be treated - with respect, fully.
We can of course find a lot of bad stuff in the Bible, which reveals human nature to be both complex and flawed, good and bad. But (like the Koran and all other "religious" texts), if we filter out the bad and retain the good, we have for ourselves a sound and firm foundation upon which to build up our own selves, along with our neighbours and loved ones - and might I say, even our enemies/opponents - in a loving community.
Civilized society depends upon all the loving it can get. And we ignore this at our peril.
Just what does God require of us, we ask ? According to the prophet Micah, "The Lord has told us what is good. What God requires of us is to do what is just (Equal), to show constant Love, and to live in Humble fellowship with our God". "God" (we might surmise) is the Creator of all things here on Earth, and much else besides, at the very least. Now that thought is humbling, isn't it ? We should not puff ourselves up and purport ourselves to be more than we are. Men and women are "complementary opposites", and "co-equal". There can be no doubt about it !
Whoever or whatever we are, we are part of the interwoven fabric of Nature, world-wide. We should not puff ourselves up to be more than we are. Leaders have a vital role to play, just as a humble mother has. If the mother is vain and neglects to love and support her children, she is just as bad as a leader who misdirects a nation for his/her own benefit to the detriment of the people. Every role is important. But honesty and integrity, along with loving-kindness count for more than any role we may find ourselves in. If we have not these things, we count as nothing. Nothing at all.
A father should love and support his wife and children to the very best of his ability. When fathers and mothers fail, as they often do, to fully love each other, they should not neglect their children. But if they do, it is up to the community at large to take up the slack, and to love and support the children into health, once more.
In the meantime, the parents need to be counselled that "respect" is at least as important as love is, and that if they are to respect themselves, then they should at least respect the mother/father of their own children, and that "hatred" is a stumbling block to wholesome living.
Taking advantage of one's title or position for self-aggrandisement, or monetary gain, sucks the life out of communities of good faith (hope). We are not talking about "religion" here. Taking advantage of one's title or position for self-aggrandisement, or monetary gain, sucks the life out of communities of good hope (mental health), and beggars belief.
Kind thoughts, words, and actions are the hallmarks of good faith, and of good people. Good people are God's people, we may surmise, from our lowly position, here on Earth. Bad people too are God's people from this perspective, but under the influence of the "Devil" (God's opponent, or negation, or complementary opposite).
When we think of "complementary opposites" we may think of the black and white of the Chinese "yin/yang" symbol (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yin_and_yang ), and we should note that there is some black in white, and some white in black. Yin is (usually described as) the black side with the white dot in it, and yang is the white side with the black dot in it. In Taoism, this symbol depicts the relationship between (say) long and short, high and low, feminine and masculine, negative and positive, night and day, dark and light, harmony and balance etc.
Alternately, we might think of the value of the symbol for zero (0) - to which we usually ascribe a value of "no thing", and to the value of one whole (I) - to which we usually ascribe a value of "some thing which is complete and whole in itself". When we think of zero as a "circle" of minimal depth, we can see that if we rotate this circle by 90 degrees, then we will see this circle no more, but rather as " I ".
We can see this more clearly if we hold a round coin between thumb and forefinger and rotate it. Ah ! The penny drops ! And a whole new world opens to us ! The world of dualities.
Viewed in this way, we can think that both aspects of the same entity have the same value, and it thus seems that they do. It seems that both aspects of the same "thing" are (both) basic, and necessary (one can't go without the other), and that "both" are in perpetual lock-step motion, as they circle each other.
The ancient Greeks chose for us a symbol to demonstrate "Divine Proportion" for us. And what symbol did they choose ? Why, "Phi" of course, which in in its capitalized version uses both zero (0) and one (I) together - that is " Ф ". And they used it in mathematics to demonstrate the "Divine Ratio" is worth more than just "one". They even calculated that ratio of length to breadth to many decimal places.
We should not be surprised that this "Value" (this "Pearl of Great Price") has many amazing properties. The concept of a "Creating God" of course is the subject of our investigation. We cannot fail to be amazed by it. We continue to be amazed and even fazed by it, even in this modern age with its whiz bang facilities like the "Internet", which demonstrates to us the inter-related and inter-woven nature of "All Things", great and small).
Whether we are believers in God, or God-botherers, theistic or atheistic, we cannot fail to be impressed when we look around us to observe the macro and micro here on earth, let alone the vast expanses of "empty" space, which is filled to overflowing (or so it would seem) with millions of galaxies, stars and planets yet unexplored by all of the ingenuity our combined intellect has to offer.
And to think that we have been privileged to be a tiny part of "All This" ! And to live in a time where great advances in our global understanding has blossomed, built up on the shoulders of all who have gone before, is truly humbling ! Yes, at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius we should in deed be humble, and honour what we have achieved together. The best way we can do that, I surmise, is that we love one another.
I hope that this day will, if you have not yet appreciated the "Bright Light of Reason", or felt the hand of God (the "Unknown Completeness" each one of us has "inside"), that you will be changed, and "made whole", loving all as you are enabled so to do. ....
As I sit here rereading my response to your inspiration, the only thing I am sorry about is the length of my response. I trust that I have not bored you. You may have already been following my blogs here at Nigerian Village Square. I have written about this stuff before, but this response has been spontaneous, and not copied, except for a couple of snippets.
The Moderator of "Interfaith Professions" at "linkedin" where I blog and comment "as myself" - Donald Chalmers - once said that my comments were a bit "verbose" - to which I responded "yes, I know that I can be long winded, but I never stray far from the main point". We have gotten along just fine since ! I hope that this understanding will have blossomed in you too, and will bear abundant fruit, on what I presume to be "your" side of the world, as well !
Thankyou again for your inspiration !
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