The Outer Limits

Blog 2566 – 11.07.2022

The Outer Limits

When I was a boy there was a popular sci-fi program on TV called The Outer Limits. Each week I looked forward to a new thought-provoking hour of science-fiction. It is funny how science-fiction has a way of becoming science-fact. My friend, Mike Dooley, explains it thusly, “Thoughts become things.” The outer limits are self-imposed for the only limits are the limits of our imagination.

Some self-expanding and self-improving guru coined the phrase sometime back, “If you can see it, you can be it.” Many people keep vision boards where they post pictures of things they wish to manifest in their lives. Overkill? Perhaps because the truth is thoughts become things without all that muss and fuss. The only thing limiting or slowing the realization of our dreams is our doubts.

Faith is not magic, merely the freeing of the creative power in each of us. Yesterday I shared a slightly modified Psalm that is a part of my daily mantra, “This is the day that the Lord and I have made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” The image of God first portrayed in the Bible is of a creator and mankind and everything before was created in the image of the creator. We were created to complete creation to be co-creators. His story, Her story, is our story and we are writing and re-writing that story everyday.

One of the most astounding promises in the New Testament is, “Ask whatsoever you will, believing, and you shall receive.” We have been given unlimited power but as Peter Parker’s Uncle’s dying words say so well, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Hence the Lord’s Prayer and James’ injunction both suggest that we preface all our requests with the disclaimer “May thy will be done.” I like to be a little more specific and say, “I make all these intentions (requests) for the good of the Universe, myself, and all people everywhere. So be it and it is so. Ah, man and ah woman, aye men and aye women.” It takes the worry out of being close because as the old joke says, “Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades” and often it all but impossible to put that genie back in the bottle or Pandora’s curiosity back in the box when we make that indiscriminate or well-meaning, but hurried request failing to consider the greater good.

In a couple of days millions of people will exercise their power to shape the outcome of one of the most important elections in our country’s over two hundred year history. Athens, the famed democratic city-state only lasted two hundred years, so whatever the outcome we have had a good run. Will we surrender our power to shape our country’s destiny to the election deniers? Tuesday’s tally will tell the tale. Someone has said, “We get the government we deserve.”

Shortly before becoming the last great casualty of the American Civil War, on a famous battlefield of that war in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln, in a brief address intended to honor the dead said that he believed that they had not died in vain, but so that this government of the people, for the people, and by the people shall not perish from the earth.

It is up to us to hold that thought, to keep Lady Liberty’s torch burning brightly. She has guided us through some dark times. She needs our vote of confidence on Tuesday. May the best woman win.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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