Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Matter and Space

Matter is ephemeral. Space seems everlasting. Matter dissolves, disintegrates, decomposes, deconstructs and never reconstitutes, giving meaning to the phrase, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust," and nevermore. While matter resides in space as a self-sufficient organism, it requires other complementary and favorable matter to promote its existence and being. Being recognizes the finite value of matter as our hair grays, teeth decay, vision fades and skin wrinkles. Matter also encounters pain and suffering but we must acknowledge that as a whole, the pain and suffering is almost always commensurate to how much we can bear. We sigh at the moral sentiment. This gives ultimate precedence to our overall existence and material makeup, that enhances our spirituality and being. The mortal coil submits to infinite space as it bows and kneels, stands and decrees to call upon the glory of God. It seems that all earth is matter based. Some matter is more fragile than other matter and thus, more susceptible or vulnerable to change. Matter can seize the moment but space has the final word. If one ventured, they may even hypothesize that matter is space, and space integrates with matter. We agonize over the eternal problem. If we are part and parcel of a vast space, why are we moved to protect and guard our material being that is also illusory if constituted within space. Matter in space intersects with space and discerns its finite value while yearning to subsist infinitely. Our desire to be infinite is rooted in our ability to conceive the infinite and eternal. During this process, matter is no longer relevant and we are in the throes of the supernatural. Once dismissed, matter and being cannot be glued together like a broken jar. We preserve our matter to preserve our space within space to recognize our humility and relationship to the larger universe. The structure of the universe and space seem too perfect to ignore. Larger forces are at play. So is our own structure and material constitution that is microbiological. The order of the ant colony and beehive come to mind, two great examples. The Holy Quaran says, "and nothing is hidden from your Lord (so much as) the weight of an atom on the earth or in the heaven. Nor (is there) what is less than that or what is greater than that but is (written) in a Clear Record." Notice the words "less than"; what could be less than an atom, an electron, a sub-atom? Matter in unity with being is able to create, communicate, build, cultivate, cure, comfort and fashion as the great nothing also fashions our beings for the eye to behold. The creation of our material being as is, is owed to our material antecedents, to whom we owe our material existence. By virtue of itself, matter or for that matter space, cannot be idle. We return to the a priori rule, the rule of the unmoved mover. The finger that pushes the pinball forward. A force or not a force or more to our liking and material sense, a supernatural force. Matter and being seem to know their place and purpose in the world. The material world yearns to transcend, harness and overcome a juvenile space that governs all life. The cycle repeats - space consumes matter, and matter consumes matter and space to prolong existence, which is material. This demands a complete remodeling of our place in the universe, that places the supernatural first. Can matter ever be deconstructed and then, reconstructed to its original state to reveal the mysteries of nature? The cup vanishes with the water, never to be reconstructed to its original state that is lost forever to the mysteries of time and space. While utilizing the cup to drink water is also sufficient, the moment is not transcendental but quite vain and naive. How do we cope with the increasing wonderment and awe. Matter like form is obedient to the shape and shakur of the universe. Rightfully so but faithful disobedience may be needed to truly appreciate our material action. Why does the mother grieve? A slight miscalibration of universal order, can damage all material life. It seems best to do what we ought, and what we ought to do spells divine. We ache and we agonize for the truth, for revelation. The Holy Quaran goes on to say, "they ask you (O Muhammad) concerning the Ruh (spirit of inspiration). Say: "The Ruh (the Spirit) is one of the things, the knowledge of which is only with my Lord. And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little."

Monday, February 8, 2010

Optimism

Today's blog topic is optimism. Why - because the world needs more optimism. Seeing the glass half full or better yet, seeing the glass full of enough water to satisfy your thirst and beyond. That's true optimism. Optimism is a great virtue. People can benefit in innumerable ways from an optimistic attitude. Given the recent tragic events in Haiti, people need optimism more than ever. With so much loss of life, one can easily feel depressed, let down, disappointed and even sorrowful. That in turn affects our emotional, mental and physical health. Optimism seems to renew and reinvigorate life. Even in the harshest circumstances, optimistic people seem to overcome. Or they should be more optimistic to relieve the pressure of their hardships. When one loses optimism, they see a dead end road. When one is optimistic, they welcome any obstacle and overcome it like a pole vault. Pessimism can seem like a disease. In my own personal life, I've overcome a lot of pain and suffering by being optimistic and discredit any pessimism that may have caused that adverse situation. As a single parent, my mother has always showed optimism when raising her children. She's always motivated me beyond my own ability and thus, I have surpassed my greatest expectations. Pessimism is brooding and dwells in the darkness of our minds until the light of day shines overhead and we discover that there is a lot to be grateful and that we can rely on a higher power who wants the best for us. No matter what fate may have in store, we should still declare our optimism freely and openly and let others sip from that cup that seems overflowing. Why fester or fuss over problems big and small when a dose of optimism can cure our most severe ills. Haiti can be optimistic; it should be optimistic that a new dawn will rise once again and that all will be repaired and renewed and that journey should be an optimistic one. Thus, the blessings of the work that lies ahead will be multiplied. I believe in optimism as a great preventer and even more so, a greater healer. When we can be optimistic, we can also be more spiritual, wise and extraordinary. While the raven may still hark at our chamber door and madness besets our hearts, the nightingale still sings her lovely hymn.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What Happens Is . . .

What happens is that we too often overcomplicate the Constitution of the United States and the laws that it sets forth. The Constitution was created primarily to "form a more perfect Union" at a time of national upheaval, threat of dissolution and uncertainty. It's a pretty concise document that was adopted in the year 1777 and prohibited any amendments until the year 1808. That's a long time ago by today's standards; however, the Constitution has paved the way for American progress for several centuries. However, when deliberating on the Constitution we must recall its intent, which ironically is quite noble though it fails to recognize foreign nobility, which again reminds us "to form a more Perfect Union", by order of its intent. Order is a key word. Government brings order to the people and helps establish law and justice so humankind does not fall into disarray. When individual states go off into their own respective corners to deliberate on laws under the auspices of the Constitution, they would be better served if their state laws were not too complex and arcane. Why - because, too much governance at the state level hinders each state's ability to come together in a high-minded fashion to enact laws that further support a more perfect Union and thus, ensure fairness and equitability for all. This is important to consider especially when states can convene to amend and ratify the Constitution should there be a sufficient cause. You will notice that the Constitution does not make any mention of virtuosity. Words like love, magnanimity, charity, faith, honor, salvation, peace, brotherhood, prayer, hope, belief, passion, fairness and dignity are sidelined. These values, while intrinsic to humankind, are arguably subjective and thus, contrary to the order that the Constitution demands and thus, overcapitalizes our daily lives. When humanity, contrarily, demands these values, it must rely on its elected leaders to convene when necessary and deliberate more than ever to bring the Constitution into a more rational, realistic, mindful, committed and compassionate perspective. Thus, when we simplify our interpretation of the Constitution we can move forward as a people and establish more unifying principles that are more fulfilling and complementary to our greater needs and expectations. This is essential to discern defects in government and further, elevate our ability to govern. I welcome your thoughts on this subject.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Prayer for Humanity

I pray for humanity . . .

I pray for humanity to achieve everlasting life
I pray for humanity to be healed of its pain and suffering
I pray for humanity to see the light of God
I pray for humanity to be in a state of peacefulness and submission
I pray for humanity to find the straight path
I pray for humanity to be free and fulfilled with God's bounty
I pray for humanity to be grateful
I pray for humanity to be led to the promised land
I pray for humanity to recognize truth
I pray for humanity to dispel falsehood
I pray for humanity to embrace one another
I pray for humanity to resolve its conflicts
I pray for humanity to understand its needs
I pray for humanity to find divine love
I pray for humanity to come nearer to God
I pray for humanity to believe in itself
I pray for humanity to overcome its woes and failures
I pray for humanity to establish natural law
I pray for humanity to find its place in the world
I pray for humanity to overcome its fears
I pray for humanity to embark on pilgrimage
I pray for humanity to relieve its sins
I pray for humanity to spread love and happiness
I pray for humanity to keep hope
I pray for humanity to achieve salvation and paradise
I pray for humanity to live out its dreams
I pray for humanity to achieve transcendence
I pray for humanity to be harmonious with nature
I pray for humanity to find its way in the dark
I pray for humanity to discern from right and wrong

I pray with my all heart for God to hear our prayers . . .

Amen.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Please support our ongoing efforts in Haiti . . . speedily and mightily . . .

On Monday President Bill Clinton, the UN Special Envoy for Haiti, traveled to Haiti to deliver emergency relief supplies, assess needs, and meet with Haitian Prime Minister Bellerive regarding immediate and long-term recovery. Today President Clinton and President George W. Bush are continuing their work to raise funds to help rebuild Haiti.

Dear Friend,

Five days ago, we launched a major effort to respond to the immediate and long-term needs of the people of Haiti. Already, more than 130,000 people have responded by donating funds.

Thank you for being one of them. We are touched by the outpouring of support and compassion for our neighbors.

The challenges in Haiti are enormous, and the road ahead will be long. Our immediate priority is to save lives. Organizations are on the ground delivering aid to as many people as possible, but many more people need assistance. We're responding to the unmet needs.

One hundred percent of your online donation will go toward relief efforts and helping Haiti rebuild in the coming years. We are committed to quickly spending your contributions on the Haitian people's immediate needs and wisely investing in their long-term rebuilding.

Please consider making another donation -- and encouraging your friends and family to do the same -- at:

www.clintonbushhaitifund.org

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, making rescue efforts even more difficult. Much of the infrastructure has been destroyed.

We're doing everything we can to help those in most need of assistance. And, through the generosity of caring citizens like you, we will ensure these efforts are sustained.

With gratitude for your ongoing support,


Bill Clinton
George W. Bush

What is Beauty?

What is beauty when there is no one there to behold it?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010