“The Age of Nations is past,
The task before us now, if we would not perish,
Is to build the earth.”
Teilhard de Chardin
I believe there is a God and that there is meaning and purpose to our existence: humanity is to evolve and learn to live as God has directed—then we will join God in eternity. I believe that Father God, who created life and the world, first guided infant humanity. I believe he gave directions to Abraham to form the Jewish nation in a time when ‘Might Means Right’ was the only guiding principle. For the nascent nation God chose Moses to lead their development with laws and rules. This changed humanity’s consciousness. It evolved from tribalism and led to the first Axial period wherein, throughout the globe, isolated clusters of humanity, led by great Prophets, laid the foundations of civilization between 800 and 200 B.C.
When God determined the time was ripe, God the Father ceased direct guidance, giving humanity full power of free will. God entered time as the man Jesus, demonstrating how we are to live. Like rebellious adolescents, mankind did not adopt ‘The Way’ given us by Jesus. Some saw the wisdom and Christianity took hold, keeping Jesus’ words alive. For centuries the world progressed physically in adolescent-like rebellion, playing dangerous war games, claiming for profit earth’s natural resources and rebelling against moral order.
We now stand on the brink of self-destruction! We're children no longer, needing to be guided and led; we can see what the rebellion has achieved. It is time to accept our adulthood—another consciousness change is needed—to recognize our world is one interacting/interdependent unit that will succeed or perish as a whole.
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THE CHILD IS FATHER OF THE MAN
From parent comes child
Who is destined himself to become parent.
From God comes man
Himself to become as God—
One to other
United in understanding
Through shared creation.
Each still is
But they share a being
Impossible without the evolutionary development.
But that is the completion—
The becoming is painful.
To grow under protective care:
To have one to give answers,
To have one to run to for comfort,
To have one to define limits’
To have one to forgive mistakes,
To have one to answer needs
To have one to see in us value . . . . . .
Childhood and Innocence.
Then to be alone:
To search out answers,
To endure without comfort,
To draw our own limits,
To be responsible for mistakes,
To find the means to answer needs,
To create our own value by our actions . . . .
Maturity and Responsibility.
The aloneness feels like abandonment;
But necessary for becoming.
It is weakness, cowardice, and death
To run back to the protectiveness outgrown.
It is strength, courage and life
To face the challenge alone.
The challenges to be met?
One cannot foretell.
For some they are few;
For others, many.
But the greater the challenges met and overcome,
The greater the one overcoming.
Refuse the challenge
Deny the worth of the struggle.
Give no example to those who follow,
Destruction . . . . . . .
And worse yet,
Responsibility for that destruction!
Refusal, denial, and the killing of hope
Will not eliminate the responsibility inherent in maturation.
There is no choice but to go forward and build,
To find within the self
The ability to become as the One who gave being.
God is not dead
His infinite wisdom sees the necessity
Of Man’s accepting the responsibility
Of his own destiny.
To be endured!
Instead of receiving,
It is now ours to give
The child must now become the father.