Blog 1843 – 10.10.2020
The Fox and the Hound
The Fox and the Hound
One of the things that I like best about this and many children’s books is the way they toss the notion on it’s ear of natural enemies. In my somewhat slightly askew view we have and have ever had only one true enemy and that one of our own creation – ego.
Let me for a few moments share a reinterpreted rendering of another children’s classic – the creation story. In the familiar to many story, after five very busy and creative days the stage is set for the Master Creator to crown his creation with arguably His/Her best and finest work, man and woman kind. But, as in all works of fact mingled with fiction after barely a day’s rest there is trouble in paradise. There is a new wrinkle i.e. a snake in the grass, actually a serpent upright and very knowledgeable of the situation. The origin of this serpent has long been assumed to have been a creative act of God, but if one examines the story more closely this cannot be for previous to his appearance God had pronounced of His/Her creation, “It is good.” This rascal with his talk of rebellion and insurrection clearly is not good, but where did he come from? Was he created? Indeed yes but by whom?
As children of the Divine Creator we have creative powers too and our first creative act even before reproducing biologically was to create an alter-ego one that allowed us to chose someone other than God to believe and to obey. Bob Dylan in his brief flirtation with Christianity in the late nineteen seventies wrote and recorded a song, “Gotta Serve Somebody.” In the song he writes and sings: “Well it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” In answer to Dyan, before he himself was tragically shot and killed, ex-Beatle John Lennon wrote and recorded “Serve Yourself.”
That according to my understanding was the only real choice in the garden party story or ever. The serpent was just a convenient prop to try to hide from ourselves that we are and always are both a devil and angel within and which ever we choose to obey or oppose we ultimately always choose to serve God. It is a fixed fight, She/He always wins in the end as it clearly states much latter in that mishmash mangled big book of truth and fiction: “I am persuaded than neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord ( to which I add was always in us from the beginning.)
I no longer quote Scripture as proof, but truth wherever I find a hint of it, be it in a Bible quote, Koran, Confucius quote, fortune cookie, song, movie, or any book. If we’re gonna have to serve somebody it may as well be ourselves and thereby if we do it well and true we serve also others and the entire Universe – God (Us, We, He, She, Me). In that God I trust.
Your friend and fellow traveler,