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September 2010
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Borrowed from esprix via chalice_circle
A Letter From Mom and Dad

To: Our Children of Earth
Re: Idiotic Religious Rivalries

Dear Children (and believe us, that's all of you),

We consider ourselves pretty patient folks. For instance, look at the Grand Canyon. It took millions of years to get it right. And about evolution? Boy, nothing is slower than designing that whole Darwinian thing to take place, cell by cell, and gene by gene.

We've been patient through your fashions, civilizations, wars and schemes, and the countless ways you take Us for granted until you get yourselves into big trouble again and again.

We want to let you know about some of the things that are starting to tick Us off.

First of all, your religious rivalries are driving Us up a wall. Enough already! Let's get one thing straight: These are YOUR religions, not Ours.We're the whole enchilada; We're beyond them all. Every one of your religions claims there is only one of Us (which by the way, is absolutely true). But in the very next breath, each religion claims it's Our favorite one.

And each claims it's scriptures were written personally by Us, and that all the other scriptures are man-made. Oy Vey. How do We even begin to put a stop to such complicated nonsense?

Okay, listen up now. We're your Father AND Mother, and We don't play favorites among Our children.

Also, We hate to break it to you, but We don't write. Our longhand is awful, and We've always been more of "doers" anyway. So ALL of your books, including those Bibles, were written by men and women. They were inspired, remarkable people, but they also made mistakes here and there. We made sure of that so that you would never trust a written word more than your own living heart.

You see, one human being to Us, even a bum on the street, is worth more than all the Holy Books in the world. That's just the kind of folks we are.

Our spirit is not a historical thing. It's alive right here, right now, as fresh as your next breath.

Holy books and religious rites are sacred and powerful, but not more so than the least of you. They were only meant to steer you in the right direction, not to keep you arguing with each other, and certainly not to keep you from trusting your own personal connection with Us.

Which brings Us to Our next point about your nonsense. You act like We need you and your religions to stick up for Us or "win souls" for Our sake. Please, don't do Us any favors. We can stand quite well on our own,thank you. We don't need you to defend Us, and We don't need constant credit. We just want you to be good to each other.

And another thing, We don't get all worked up over money or politics, so stop dragging Our names into your dramas. For example, We swear to Us that We never threatened Oral Roberts. We never rode in any of Rajneesh's Rolls Royces. We never told Pat Robertson to run for president, and We've never, EVER had a conversation with Jim Baker, Jerry Falwell, or Jimmy Swaggart! Of course, come Judgment Day, We certainly intend to....

The thing is, We want you to stop thinking of religion as some sort of loyalty pledge to Us.

The true purpose of your religions is so that YOU can become more aware of Us, not the other way around. Believe Us, We know you already. We know what's in each of your hearts, and We love you with no strings attached.

Lighten up and enjoy Us. That's what religion is best for. What you seem to forget is how mysterious We are. You look at the petty differences in your Scriptures and say, "Well, if THIS is the truth, then THAT can't be!" But instead of trying to figure out Our Paradoxes and Unfathomable Nature, which by the way, you NEVER will, why not open your hearts to the simple common threads in all religions. You know what We're talking about. Love and respect everyone. Be kind, even when life is scary or confusing. Take courage and be of good cheer, for We are always with you. Learn how to be quiet, so you can hear Our still, small voice. (We don't like to shout).

Leave the world a better place by living your life with dignity and gracefulness, for you are Our Own Children. Hold back nothing from life, for the parts of you that can die surely will, and the parts that can't, won't. So don't worry, be happy. (We stole that last line from Bobby McFerrin.)

Simple stuff. Why do you keep making it so complicated? It's like you're always looking for an excuse to be upset. And We're very tired of being your main excuse. Do you think We care whether you call Us.... Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, Diana, Wakantonka, Brahma, Cerridwen, Father, Mother, God, Goddess or even the Void of Nirvana? Do you think We care which of Our special children you feel closest to, Jesus, Mary, Buddha, Krishna, Gerald, Mohammed or any of the others? You can call Us and Our Special Ones any name you choose, if only you would go about Our business of loving one another as We love you. How can you keep neglecting something so simple?

We're not telling you to abandon your religions. Enjoy your religions, honor them, learn from them, just as you should enjoy, honor, and learn from your parents.

But do you walk around telling everyone that your parents are better than theirs? Your religion, like your parents, may always have the most special place in your hearts, We don't mind that at all. And We don't want you to combine all the Great Traditions in One Big Mess. Each religion is unique for a reason. Each has a unique style so that people can find the best path for themselves.

Know that Our Special Children, the ones that your religions revolve around, all live in the same place, (Our heart), and they get along perfectly, We assure you. The clergy must stop creating a myth of sibling rivalry where there is none.

Our blessed children of Earth, the world has grown too small for your pervasive religious bigotries and confusion. The whole planet is connected by air travel, satellite dishes, telephones, fax machines, rock concerts, diseases, and mutual needs and concerns.

Get with the program! If you really want to help, then commit yourselves to figuring out how to feed your hungry, clothe your naked, protect your abused, and shelter your poor. And just as importantly, make your own everyday life a shining example of kindness and good humor. We've given you all the resources you need, if only you abandon your fear of each other and begin living, loving and laughing together.

We're not really ticked off. We just wanted to grab your attention because We hate to see you suffer. But We have given you free will to choose your own paths, and We just want you to be happy.

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust,
Us

Which puts me in mind of something I wrote elsewhere (it was a hard lesson, but I finally learned it):

I see and hear a lot of people claim that "the universe doesn't want me to be happy." You know what? I call bullshit.

I know for a fact and from my own experiences that the universe does, in point of fact, want you to be happy, and has given you everything you need to be so. I can generally come up with a quick list for every person who denies the Universe's positive interest in their happiness. In fact, it's generally given them things that they don't even particularly need to be happy, because people manage to be happy without those things every day.

So, uh-huh. You don't get to blame your unhappiness on the universe. It wants you to have the best of everything, and it'll give you whatever it has to give, but it can't make you be happy, any more than your significant other(s) or your parent(s) or your friend(s) can make you be happy. You own your own misery.

Look around at everything the universe has given you in its quest to make you happy. And then you decide how you're going to feel about things. Decide to be happy with what you have, what you've been given, what you've garnered for yourself, or decide that you're happier being miserable.

But don't be blaming the universe if you do.

Comments

WOW. that's some letter! Did you give this as a sermon at UU?

I think it's a shining example of good UU preachin' :D

I completely agree. Do not blame the Universe for your own unhappiness. The key to your happiness is within you. Dat's the Buddhist perspective, anyway ;

Not mine, originally; it's making the rounds, I gather.

Thanks!

Awesome. Gakking it.

Gak away. :)

Glad you had fun up at Tahoe, btw, although I'm (only mildly) snitting because you were so close and yet so far. ;)

I don't think that the universe cares much either way, but that means that it's not out to get you, either. If you're unhappy, then it's not the fault of The Universe.

An awful lot of capacity for happiness depends on outlook. I am blessed that the people in my life are more inclined to see the positive side than the negative.

An awful lot of capacity for happiness depends on outlook.

Yes. But for some of us, the learning curve on happiness is pretty high. :)

Maybe so, but it can be helped with practice and by surrounding ourselves with positive influences. I'm very empathic and tend to take on the color of the people around me emotionally, so I make a real effort to make sure that those people are going to help my outlook, not drag me down into a morass of bitterness.

Re: your second half, I couldn't agree more.

I've got music
I've got rhythym
I've got my guy
Who could ask for anything more?


;)

“You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.” — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 (J Michael Straczynski writing)

Brilliant! Marcus was wonderful. Ivanova was a fool to have spurned him!

I believe he had the wrong equipment to interest Ivanova. Not that I'm arguing with you.

"...and my nose is on fire and I have a live badger in my trousers."
"What?"

But look how she reacted to his death.

Ah, yes. Possibly my favorite Bab5 quote, ever. :)

There are SO many great B5 quotes, aren't there? That's a fav of mine.

I can generally come up with a quick list for every person who denies the Universe's positive interest in their happiness.

OK, come up with a list for me.

Where I stand: I do not believe that the Universe has a positive interest in my happiness.

This belief is an important part of my spiritual approach.

However, "the universe doesn't want me to be happy" is also not true IMO.

Let's see, you have cats who love you (well, as much as cats love anything that isn't them). You have a roof over your head. You have a body that functions. And, as far as I can tell, you have friends who are concerned for your well-being.

It's all in how you look at it, though. I used to believe that the Universe was actively hostile to me (and other individuals) in particular. I no longer believe that to be the case. But I certainly accept that other people's MMV.

You still own your own misery, though.

The things you list are good things in my life (although my body doesn't function as well as I would like at the moment), but I don't think they show that the universe is concerned with my well being.

However, if part of what you're getting at is that it's good to remind oneself of the good things in one's life, and not just concentrate on the bad things, I agree.

Yeah, that's a large part of my point (and I almost made a comment about bodies that don't always function as well as we'd like, but decided that was defeatist and left it off.) ;)

*grin* Well, all our bodies eventually stop functioning. I suppose one could say this was a sign the universe doesn't like us. :-) Of course it's also a wonderful opportunity to be conscious of a changing and constantly recreated world.

Yeah, it's all just a part of the cycle, and I accept that.

It doesn't make it any easier to get out of bed those mornings that my knee decides to act up, though. ;)

If the universe wants me to get out of bed, it can just make me!

Well, in general I agree. However, we got into quite a dialog this Sunday at BYOT group about whether or not hell is of our own making. For example, take someone like Viktor Frankl who wrote about his experiences in a Nazi death camp. True, he refused to let them take his spirit and he remained as positive as possible throughout his ordeal by owning the world within his own head. BUT the word outside his head was awful, and not of his own making. I'd be hard pressed to claim his world was not, in fact, miserable.

So what say you?

Based on what you say above, I think he still owned his own feelings on the matter (I am woefully ignorant about individual stories of persons who survived the Holocaust, and my detailed knowledge of WWII in general is very limited, I'm ashamed to say).

Yes, his situation (and the situation of pretty much all those around him) was horrible, but he owned how he reacted to it. It was probably closer to hell than to heaven, obviously, but in acknowledging that he couldn't control the world outside his head he probably made things better for himself. If that makes sense.

Yeah, I'm almost on board with that. I guess it was just the idea misery is ALWAYS of our own making that I'm not sure I buy. Of course, you didn't say that, it was just what I inferred. Misery is often brought to us, but it is true we can choose how to respond. Some people just have a much more difficult choice to make than most.

And sometimes it's just hard to choose to be positive, whatever your situation.

Yeah, I didn't mean it was always of our own making, just that we choose how to respond - conscious or unconscious, our emotional responses are (usually*) still a choice.


*those with debilitating mental illnesses and very small children are probably exempt from this, however.