Blog 991 – 05.11.2018
From Now On
“I saw the sun begin to dim
And felt the winter wind blow cold
A man learns who there is for him
When the glitter fades and the walls
‘Cause from that rubble what remains
Can only be what’s true
If all was lost, there’s more I gained
‘Cause it led me back to you.”
One just cannot underestimate the importance of finding and being at home in our own skin and with “Like-minded” others. You know me or are at least you are learning me if you are reading my blogs and listening to my Mockingbird songs, that I have a slightly skewed view (often if not always that is not a bad thing.) When I think of the term, like-minded, instead of just, similar, I think a loving mind, a mind that loves/likes itself, and all people, places, and things.
If I have any formal religious beliefs any longer, and I do not claim to, The Ten Intentions For A Better World, probably best expresses my Code. The Tenth Intention states:
“I see Humanity as One. I enjoy gathering with light hearted (or “like-minded) people regularly. When we come together, we set the stage for Great Oneness to reveal itself. We synergize.”
Church folks like to quote Jesus words to justify their gatherings, “Where two or three are gathered in my name there I am I in their midst.” I think Jesus also prefers to gather with “like-minded” people and so I figure He is a “no show” to the “You must come to our little box” crowd. I saw a great line with a picture of cowboy hero John Wayne that read, “Going to church does not make you a good person any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.” The quote actually comes from an ole time preacher, Billy Sunday, who used the word “Christian” instead of “good person.”
If I give religious folks an especially hard time it is only because I was in that narrow, tight, restrictive, and confining little box for such a long time longing for wings as Forest Gump’s Jenny to fly far far away. Many places can be home but one key ingredient is always there, “like and love minded people.” I am sick of the tired and contradictory expression, “I have to love you but I don’t have to like you.” Well, yes, by damned you do for I am you. And none of us makes any further progress in life till we come to grips with liking that “unlovely” part that we see of ourselves reflected in others.
From Now Own let’s all just Come Back Home.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
No dinner guest but like-minded family,
P.S. Here is a quote from Socrates, a far wiser man than I.