Blog 1797 – 08.25.2020
One of the lessons that I believe I have learned from the many writers that I have read and enjoy like Dean Koontz is how very possible it is to write even deep thoughts in any genre and get them across. But, you, dear readers, will be the final judge of how well and consistently any of us do that. Part of the reason I chose a couple of months ago to post in my blog the over two hundred and ninety children’s books I have recorded was to see if I could use each one as a sort of beginning point of a blog. From any point there are always three hundred and sixty degrees, directions, one can take and far more than that when writing.
With always three aims in mind, to entertain, to enlighten, and to encourage, I hope to always accomplish at least one if not all three. Kartush, it sounds like one of the names of a Russian country on an Risk game board. Risk, for those who do not know, is a Hasbro, once Parker Brothers, board game about world conquest involving a map of the world divided by countries and regions played with dice, cards, and plastic symbols representing armies. The object of the game is for a single player to conquer the whole world. Would that all the meglomaniacs of the world could get there aggressive impulses satisfied in such a relatively harmless way. I am one who thinks games, gambling, table or video, and even wildly popular if not as widely admitted to the appreciation of and partaking of porn rather than making people or things worse serves to provide less harmful outlets for strong potentially destructive impulses.
It was a worldly wise Mark Twain, himself always suspect of hypocrites, who said that a person should always hang on to a few vices just to have some bargaining power with God if the necessity to bargain came up – i.e. “I will give up smoking or drinking if you get me out of this mess.”
Of all the nastier and dirtier vices I believe the most personal damning, debilitating, and dangerous are judging and condemning ourselves and others for our less than best behaviors. The Apostle Paul, often wise guy, but sometimes sadly not so much, wrote, “Happy is he (also true if she) who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.” The shores of life and the halls of politics and power are literally littered with the ship wrecked lives of people who believed themselves in complete control but allowed their secret habits to be their undoing. Another spot on New Testament verse says, “Nothing is done in secret but that it shall be shouted from the house tops.” And in another place, “Judge not lest you be judged.”
In one of my favorite books and movies, The Shack, the main character Mackenzie (Mack) is hiding a lifelong terrible secret from those he loves and is bottled-up by it and almost destroyed when a great sadness comes into his life.
The heart of his problem is that he judged and condemned himself as unworthy of love and therefore had a problem not only loving himself but others. Judges even the better ones often are mistaken with disastrous results.
In a line from another favorite book and movie, Cider House Rules, a character says “Do you know what business you are in? Our family business is the loving business not the judging and condemning business. Judges, priests, and kings were all invented by hard headed men quick to judgement who could not be still and listen to that still small voice in all of us that as always whispers, “Forgive, live and let live.”
We always seem to think we need divine forgiveness or others to forgive us when it is the divine within us that makes all forgiveness possible. Shakespeare wrote, “To err is human to forgive divine.” As Jesus was in the world so and forever are we, equal parts human and divine. Forgive yourself and others and live a little, live a lot. Share the true wealth, the holy and whole you.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
No Matter How Strong