Blog 2367 – 04.17.2022
Too Big For My Britches
I have a quite different take on life and many things than I once did through the narrow lens of Christianity. And if that is your perspective or view point I do not mean to offend, but to me a single narrow view point that allows for no others is very offense and I refuse to let people think that is how I or the vast majority of people see life.
Christians are not the only ones who think their way is the only way. I mentioned yesterday how everywhere I have been in the wide world the natives of those parts think there home town, county, state, province or country is the best, and wonder why would anyone want to live anywhere else. Because they had traveled and seen other wider vistas would be my guess. It was the fly that had lived his whole brief life in the pickle jar that said, “It is the sweetest place on earth.”
The seventies rock song paraphrases the Native American slogan about walking a mile in someone else’s moccasins before judging them into:
“Before you confuse
Criticize and abuse
Walk a mile in my shoes.”
I do not believe for one moment that Jesus, who spent the greater part of his three year ministry arguing with narrow minded Jews from the Pharisee and Sadducee sects of Judaism, ever intended for a moment to spawn thousands of narrow-minded sects of a new Religion called Christianity. He said, “They will know that you are my followers in that you have love for one another.” I have heard it said by supposed Christians themselves that the Christian army is the only one that kills its own wounded. Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel is what most all religions seem to do best, to me, including the patriotic and political ones.
Shakespeare has one of his characters utter the line, “There are worlds not dreamt of in your philosophy.” If you choose to never travel, nor to ever entertain a new thought, that is of course your choice. Enjoy your narrow little life, but don’t try to put me ever again in that tiny little box because I no longer fit. Too big for your britches, you say, well, that too perhaps, I do like to eat, but more than pant size once you open your heart and mind, arms and hands, mouth, nose, ears, and eyes to all the Universe has for you, you can never ever again be satisfied with a narrow little life.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
A Whole New World