Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world

“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” – Miyamoto Musashi

Self absorbed leaders are nothing new in American history, hell in world history. Physiologist would agree that successful people typically have a healthy dose of ego, self-worth and confidence. But I would also suspect that successful people who are mentally healthy also have a larger view of the world and what surrounds them than someone who is unable to see beyond their own needs, wants and insecurities.

Thinking “lightly of yourself” in our current political, business and religious culture is viewed by most as a weakness. A “me first” mentality seems to be as prevalent today as I can ever remember in my 57 years of existence. Examples in both politics and business fill our newsfeed and honestly have been around for centuries. But what is most troubling to me is the rapid succession of the “me first” movement in religion.

Christians have a long history of proclaiming and acting on their greater than thou mindset. And the Christian churches latest attempt (moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem) to secure the Holy Land of Israel extends a conflict that dates back to 1095 when Pope Urban II called for the Crusaders to take back the Holy Land from Muslim rule.

In his book, Legacy of Hatred: Why Christians Must Not Forget the Holocaust, David Rausch notes that in Jerusalem the Crusaders “[circled] the screaming, flame-tortured humanity singing ‘Christ We Adore Thee!’ with their Crusader crosses held high”. Muslims were killed indiscriminately and Jews who had taken refuge in their Synagogue were killed when it was burnt to the ground by the Crusaders. 923 years later, Christians, Jews and Muslims are still dying and for what? A sandy piece of land?

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations walked-out of the U.N. Security Council meeting yesterday when the Palestinian envoy began speaking but not before she had defended Trumps move of the embassy; “Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was the right thing to do. It reflects the will of the American people. It reflects our sovereign right to decide the location of our embassy — a right that everyone in this room claims for their own country. Importantly, moving our embassy to Jerusalem also reflects the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It has served as Israel’s capital since the founding of the state. It is the ancient capital of the Jewish people. There is no plausible peace agreement under which Jerusalem would no longer remain the capital of Israel. Recognizing this reality makes peace more achievable, not less.” 

At this point in the Trump administration we are used to being lied too. We hear so many lies out of his mouth and the mouths of his minions we have become numb to the truth. But what Ms. Haley said yesterday, that moving the embassy “makes peace more achievable, not less” is certainly one lie whose impact will affect the lives of our children and our children’s children.

This conflict over Holy Land has been going on since the days of Christ and what Trump and the Evangelical world has guaranteed is that it will continue on for decades, possibly centuries more. We, Americans, are the root of the problem because we don’t take ourselves lightly. We don’t take a deep view of the world. We don’t accept the significance of this land to any other world religion other than our own. Sure, we allow the Jews at the table because they are willing to do our bidding, be the bad guy, but in the end the American occupancy of Jerusalem is about Jesus and nothing and no one else.        

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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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9 Responses to Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world

  1. It’s mind-boggling what one, insecure, self-absorbed, speck of fly shit in world history has done in just 15 months. Yes, Israel will come to regret cavorting in the bed of Christian evangelicalism.

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    • This will turn the Muslim world upside down as it should and will just add more fuel to fire that burns inside ISIS and Al-Qaeda. Unfortunately, Europe will bear the brunt of the American backlash which the European countries are already preparing for. It could be a very bloody summer.

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      • True story, my friend.

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      • Patty says:

        The only good thing for Europe out of this; they will have to be more independent and stop leaning on other ‘great nations’ like the USA.
        Unfortunately, first the UK and now it seems Italy will be the next to leave, Europe is divided day by day…during a time it’s so important we should stick, work and live together. Europe, USA, the world.

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        • Is there a conservative movement in Europe like there is in the USA?

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          • Patty says:

            Yes, it seems to be. What worries me mostly about this development, that most of the conservative organisations and political parties use it to rally against Muslims and/or against reception of asylum seekers.
            The Netherlands is known for it’s tolerance, for instance, just in a city as Amsterdam about 180 nationalities/cultures live together. However, the clown over here, who wants Muslims out of the country and refugees kicked out, has a lot of followers.
            In addition, I notice a growing antipathy against authority. Even ambulance-people are violently attacked increasingly. Shocking!
            It is hard to keep believing the ‘good’ souls are still in the majority on our globe, but tolerance for each other seems to be decreasing fast 😦

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          • Nan says:

            You know, Patty … as I was reading your comment, a thought occurred to me. IF there is some kind of supernatural power watching over this earth (not my belief, but …), the way things are going within the human race, I wouldn’t be surprised if this entity decided to take a swipe at a few million people to let us know we’re really screwing up.

            However, what will more likely happen is there will be a human-instituted war that will wipe out those few million people. And chances are … nothing will change. 😟

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          • Patty says:

            Not my belief either, dear Nan 😉 And I starting to wish something does big does happen. Hopefully not at the cause of to many people with good intentions and then start over. Again. And maybe, just maybe, change will be possible, if the scare was big enough.

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  2. Sylvia says:

    Justice is sure slow in coming! I hope the world can survive the damage Trump and the Republican Party continue to do on a daily basis!

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