Monday, June 7, 2010

Wash Out The Mouth

Even so, one step from my grave,
I believe that cruelty, spite,
The powers of darkness will in time,
Be crushed by the spirit of light.

Boris Pasternak
Johann Goethe called the devil the spirit of negation. It is too easy to fall into that diabolical pit of darkness and negativity. The crafty devil always begins by telling us something true. The serpent in the garden said they would not "surely die" and they didn't. And that's when the trouble started. The three witches in Macbeth start off by saying Hail, Thane of Glamis, which he is. Then they say Hail, Thane of
Cawdor. And that's when the trouble starts. They go on to say Hail that shall be King. He soon becomes Thane of Cawdor legitimately. But to become King he has to murder the King.

When the public mouth tells us something that turns out oo be true we tend to trust it and believe whatever else it has to say. And that leads us into negative behavior. If we keep following we end up in the hospital;, the prison or some other form of hell.

All those who follow the spirit of negation, who say no to every new idea, who say modern music is not music and modern art is not art, those who humiliate their children, hurt their family members and are unfaithful to their spouses, those who plunder the poor, refuse insurance payments for fanciful reasons and bail out the rich, those who ridicule people they don't like, who make insulting jokes about others to get a laugh, who tell lies, spread gossip, support rumors and betray friends, those who are disrespectful of their neighbors, over aggressive drivers and who scoff at laws, those who copy, plagiarize and blandly steal another person's ideas, those who abuse animals, torture prisoners and take revenge, those who cite scripture to justify criminal acts, those who vote against a good plan because they don't like who proposed it, those who look for ways to take advantage of other people, those who cannot forgive, try to understand or have compassion on others, those who only find fault and not value. those who willingly put people in danger, those who sell faulty products and don't care, those who would never kill the body but would kill the spirit, those who justify every wrong, harmful and selfish act by the false belief of entitlement, are all working for the devil and they don't know it.

So what can we do? We all have our own version of dark corners, our own private patch of mud to get our feet stuck in. The only answer is to beware. Beware of the smooth talking reptilian vendor of theories, Beware of the smiling prophetess of enticing improbabilities. Beware of the dommsdayers and deniers. If we have any entitlement it is the right to make a list of those things we know are right, purchase only those things and avoid the rest. We have the right to check our mental bags all the time to make sere we bring home only the best. We have a right to ask questions of every negative. And we have the right to think for ourselves. What is light? What is dark? And make the right choice. Believe me I know what I'm talking about. I've not done yet, but I relinquished myself from the dark that accused me of darkness and joined the light that welcomed me in the spirit of light.


(This is not a contest.)

In your opinion what is the most amazing thing that could happen during this decade? Make it as outrageous as you want but keep it within the realm of what you consider a possibility.

15 responses so far.

Answers will be published the first day of Summer.

Thank you.

DB - The Vagabond


krissy knox said...

Excellent post, DB. That's about all i can say, bc you said the rest.

i've got a post also if you want to come check it out.

Valerie said...

Very well said, DB. Very important topic. It is very scary how some evil enticements can be so pretty and look benign and even good in the beginning, too. Scary. Thanks for this post. Val xox

Liz said...

If it is too good to be true it probably is a lie.

In my professional life I have seen the cruelty my species has imposed on animals that I swore to care for and protect to the best of my ability.
I learned that only a coward inflicts pain on any animal that is unfortunately in their power. And that includes our own children.
Cowards fear the light of knowledge that will expose their weakness because they have failed to come to terms with their own humanity and the fact that we are animals that have not risen to oppress those beneath us but to reach up and touch infinity.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Another great read! Well said DB.

Well, perhaps with all the enumerations considered, this is exactly the reason why the Creator created The Ten Commandments when He saw that the human beings He created stepped out of the line.

With that Commandment He created, the Creator set a standard of the Way of Life we should live.

Now am not a smooth talker here. I am just being practical. And I make sense with my comment too.

I enjoy this read.

pacifica62 said...

You have more or less described the climate of society today. So much darkness and negativity trying to trick us into believing or purchasing something that will do us no good. We have an obligation to educate ourselves and develop our thinking and reasoning powers so that we can figure out what is good and what is not so good. We cannot allow ourselves to be drawn into that diabolical pit of darkness and negativity and knowledge will help us to stay in the light. The devil takes many forms but seems more and more he sometimes looks like a politician.

DB said...

Right you are Pacifica, as usual.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

If only they would show more light and less dark on a daily basis, we would be in a better place.