Blog 2507 – 09.06.2022
Letting Your Mind Play
I love today’s quote by Pogo cartoon strip creator Bill Watterson. I have often quoted another line from Pogo over the years, “We have discovered the enemy and it is us.” Like many of you I was taught to believe that there is an Evil entity almost as powerful as the almighty highest power that “walks about seeking whom he may devour.” I think Pogo hit upon the truth, Ego that dark side of ourselves is the one and only true enemy of our souls. Likewise, I believe that the true higher power is that light, bright side of ourselves.
Two voices continually whisper in our ears like the little angel on one shoulder and the little devil on the other. One of the tricks that little devil uses most affectively to persuade us is his Be Responsible and Grow Up speech. It has us carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders at all times, a world that he would always have us believe is going to hell in a hand basket. He lies and is the father of all lies and I know that just as sure as a little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down, to quote Mary Poppins, a little bit of truth mixed in with his lies makes them palatable as well.
There are problems we all must face and find solutions for in life. But being in “Adult Mode” all the time is no way to solve them. Allowing our minds to play and find the joy in life again as we did when we were children is not only the best way to have fun but it is the best way to solve problems. Scientists call that, “thinking outside the box.” Who put us in a box in the first place, but ole Satan, Slough-foot, the Devil, he has many names but I think Ego is one of the best.
Charles Milton in his epic poem, Paradise Lost, pictures The Son of the Morning, Lucifer, beaten and cast down to earth for his rebellion with his dark angels against God, shaking his fist at the heavens and shouting, “I would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven.” It is by rebelling against the truth in us that we make our lives a living hell.
No Bible quotes today, just cartoon strips, an old English poet, and Mary Poppins. I close with a quote from Charlie Brown and his wise dog Snoopy.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Where’s The Playground, Susie?
Today I not only did not use Bible quotes, I also did not use my usual he/she references. Both for the same reason, I believe that the Bible was written by men, inspired perhaps by their best angels at times but not always. I think that we all have a two-sided brain, male and female, rational and intuitive, work and play. As I believe the Devil was a creation of man to both have someone else to blame other than the woman for all his problems and also to believe in and trust for alternative answers than those he once knew to be true. We cannot blame that on on our feminine-side, so I call Ego he and him exclusively while I call our higher power He/She/We. All too adult sounding? Have fun with your playful mind today.