Failure To See The Obvious

Hot is the take away word for the day. It is 90 degrees but it feels like 106. There is a heat advisory. Jonathon and I did house washing last week…none planned for this week. Too hot! It is reported that we humans have reached a crisis level for Global Warming. It is already too late to turn back the clock…there is only a small amount of time to lesson the catastrophic results from a super heated Earth. MJ and Aaron and Jonathon and I watched the glaciers in Alaska, calving, 16 years ago…many of those glaciers are now gone. We are like the people who are in our living room while our kitchen is on fire…we take comfort in the fact that we are. not burning…yet… I just received a news message that Covid 19 is spreading rapidly across my state, Illinois. We are a bit like the Emperor Nero of Rome…of whom it is said that he fiddled while Rome burned. We made Global Warming political…and now we live with the devastation of our shortsightedness and ignorance of the reality that was before our faces.

Our little planet is one of nine in our solar system. ‘The Milky Way is the galaxy that includes our Solar System, with the name describing the galaxy’s appearance from Earth: a hazy band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye.’ Wikipedia. Somehow we seem to think that our confidence in ourselves supersedes our brothers and sisters who are experts in their academic disciplines. It seems that the rooster that crows the loudest…garners the biggest flock of chickens. The Bully has been given the seat of honor and the learned man or woman with a servants heart…has been relegated to the back bench.

How often are things that we need to see…in front of our faces…and yet we do not see them? Our 2020/2021 Pandemic is not over. Why would we take satisfaction and political camaraderie with our neighbors and friends and fellow church members…in the fact that we have failed to get the Corona Virus vaccinations. My friend posted on Facebook that two of her good friends had been stricken with the Virus…they had not been vaccinated. Our Pandemic could become a plague of Biblical proportions…if we choose religious/political bombastic rhetoric over empirical reality… Why do we choose death over life? Have conspiracy theories so captured our minds and hearts that we would rather live in the Twilight Zone…than reality?

Confidence tell us that we are big stuff. Political theatre assures us that we are being misled by Dr. Anthony Fauci and the plethora of Epidemiologists and virologists and physicians that assure us that Covid 19 is real…and that it will make many of us deathly ill…and that it kills… Superheated religious proclamations take the place of medical professionals in our life actions. Simply put…we trust our preacher… more than our doctor…and we die for the misplaced allegiance…

I walk the Campus of Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale…for the past 43 years. You would think with that long term exposure I would have seen it all. Nevertheless…I see new things every day… Take time to look at your surroundings. I mean really look and contemplate what your are observing. Something new will pop out at you…that you had not noticed before.

Secrets are wonderful. Mysteries are marvelous. The sleuthing of the answer to a riddle is so very satisfying. When you die…the politician that you loved the most…will not attend your funeral. The preacher that you entrusted your life with…may preach your funeral and then go out for a fine dinner and plan his/her vacation. Think for yourself…open your eyes…wide…

Small is the word that describes we humans…best. We are giants in our own Super Ego…but we are midgets in the grand scheme of God’s creation. ‘But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.’ Luke 12:7. KJV

2 responses

  1. Why does man find it so hard to understand GLOBAL a pandemic is global, global warming, the clue is in the name, pollution of the oceans is global, yet the attitude of the world’s leaders is “We are all right, Jack” – so long as the buck stops with us.

    1. Well said, my friend.

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