This post was inspired by this news report: “India to plant 2 BILLION trees along its highways, creating jobs for 300,000 youths.” What trees have you planted?
In the book God According to God Gerald Schroeder makes this point: “The mystery that remains in the sunset is the riddle of why and how a mixture of seemingly inert, unthinking atoms of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and several other varieties can produce humans capable of having the subjective experience we refer to as beauty, or the love that would have us kiss our kids good night. Science is no closer to answering those questions today than it was a century ago.”
As noted, this post was not inspired by this WordPress Daily Prompt Wicked Witch: Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what do you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.
However, it does t relates to the post prompt, for until we understand that evil has a higher purpose, we cannot crawl out of the pit of despair.
Evil is, no doubt about that. And that is what turns many away from faith in a benign God. But the presence of evil makes us human and more importantly gives us choice. Without choice we would be puppets of the universe or accidental tourists.
More likely we might not have evolved from the most basic form of DNA. Lewis Thomas in his book Lives of a Cell makes the point that without the ability of DNA to mutate all the splendor of the universe would be no more than than green sludge in a pond. But, mutations do not always bring splendor.
And choice does not always bring good. So what are we to do? The best we can to stay on the path of good, to know when we make evil choices, and work to bring peace to our world.
Teach you children from an early age to wonder at the beauty in our world. As they move into puberty begin helping them understand evil better and to develop a philosophy or faith that keeps them on the path to kindness.
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Thank you and work at staying strong until next time. I work on doing that all the time. .
LINKS OF INTEREST
These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.