Thursday, February 9, 2012

Brian’s Reflection: Friday, February 10, 2012

Why can't everybody leave everybody else the hell alone?

Jimmy Durante, entertainer;
he was born on this date, 1893,
on the Lower East Side of Manhattan
[ or maybe Brooklyn ]

When I lived in New England, I often heard the phrase “Live and let live” as a truism about the New England way of Life. And, having lived there for several years, I found there to be a strong commitment to it … as well as the need to control or dominate others.

The World at present, however, seems to reflect no appreciation to “Live and Let Live”. Alas. Now: I think that Jesus was a “Live and Let Live” guy! Oh, yes, He wanted everyone to Love each other. And He famously said, “Those who are not against us are for us”. Contrary to popular thought, Jesus did not (in my opinion) start, or intend to start, a new religion. He wanted His people to understand the true nature of the God of Unconditional Love and to live accordingly. Whoever they were, Jew or Gentile.

I understand why the various religions, particularly Christian (and the various Christian sects) and Muslim and Mormon, want to “convert” everyone, or condemn everyone who isn’t their faith. First: Ignorance. Secondly: Fear. Thirdly: they have serious control issues. Fourthly: lack of vision about what “God” is about and desires. They forget that God wishes us to love each other and embrace each other and honour and respect each other as sisters and brothers.

I would like to have 10 seconds on the Internet to speak to everyone within reach.

And I would say simply what Jimmy Durante … the Schnoze – said as the most profound prayer I could utter:

Why can't everybody leave everybody else the hell alone?

And just love and honour and respect and support each other.


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