I am forty-four, and I have not hugged my Mum since I was fifteen. This morning I woke up and during my first cup of coffee, I remembered my Granddad telling me how is Mother used to slip him a few pennies or a shilling, secreting the handover so his Dad did not see the transaction. He, my Granddad, laughed while telling me, saying that his Dad knew all along, watching from his bed he saw all courtesy of the mirror hanging in their living room. Back in those days Pre WW2, many families shared one room, one living space. If, you were lucky you shared two rooms. I would class my great-grandparents, from my mum’s side as the lower middle class of the Working class.
There is no doubt in my mind that they were good parents. Many kids, my granddad would tell me, were given a piece of bread a jam for dinner, and spousal abuse was not uncommon, sadly much like today! The difference is that today we have solutions and an awareness of these plagues of the soul. We also have a near abundance of charities to help identify and combat these primal ills. The problem is that the money needed is not forthcoming; the irony is that there are vast sums of money in the pockets of wealthy individuals some of who, I have no doubt only give to charity 1- because the government gives them tax breaks for charitable donations. 2- Because they are then invited to charitable foundations, where they are wined and dined and seen in the eyes of others a being philanthropic and altruistic with the plus of a possible appearance in a celebrity magazine. 3- It helps pay off any guilt they may have. I am reminded of the poor woman who calls out to Jesus, and presses the little money she has into his hand, refusing to take it back Jesus then calls out and says: “look “this woman who has nothing is willing to give all she has! How great her reward shall be in heaven!” Metaphorically & literally there is as with all that Jesus said lessons to be learned.
One of the many and great Errors of the Church, or truths that it has kept hidden is that Jesus when he lived, was inviting people to enter heaven, Inviting them to learn about the living resurrection. He was the great sage, Teacher, Prophet. But to the established order, he was dangerous. The rich and powerful feared him. Which begs the question, who did they serve?
When it comes to many super wealthy people I always think about (and I am being a bit unfair to the monkeys here) I think of a big monkey, who goes around the jungle gathering up as many bananas’s as he can find, and then just sits on them and, if any other monkey comes along and tries to take one? He, for lack of a better word, goes “Ape!” and scares all the monkeys away. Primal, Greed is primal. It is a base survival instinct at its most extreme.
Then, we have OUR Governments of the day and, with a few pushes of a button, you can get a list, of the top wealthiest Nations on the planet, I think the U.K is 6th. But let’s take America for example. The amount that they spend on their Military is… well, ridiculous, when there are so many strifes, stresses and poverty in the world. Yet just like in many other countries, there are people just like the Poor woman that Jesus met on his way to Jerusalem. So in my thinking, Western countries do not really have the right to call themselves Christian Nations. If they were truly Christian then the first thing they would do is set about on how to take people out of material poverty. But no, they cut educational budgets. Dish out food stamps just like food banks here, so demeaning. Most crimes are committed because there is a lack of money. Also, People end up on drugs because that is their only escape from this harsh reality. However, there are, no doubt certain individuals that do adhere to “love thy neighbour” but on a whole, the western countries? They do not have the right to say we are a Christian nation. Angela Merkel, Germanys Chancellor, She did, undoubtedly did do the Christian thing, by letting the refugees come in. it could have been handled better, with a little bit more planning. But the heart sometimes speak louder than the mind or, Maybe? her government & Neighbouring ones possibly blocked all proposals, making it hard to implement an organised entry.
There is a passage in the Koran about making peace, and it is very straightforward. If I come to you as an enemy and I say, “That I wish to make peace!” Then I must accept. Or if you see me, as an enemy, and I say “I wish for there to be peace between us!” Then it must be accepted.
The problems to our spiritual and mass material poverty are 1- in the religious books, which, many have said they have read, yes they may have read! But! Many, like the Muslims of an extreme nature, have failed to understand as, have an EDL member who stated that he has studied the Koran for the last 8 years, and he is still with EDL. The books of the Faiths of the world have to be read throughout your life. We humans are not computers “but love your neighbour as you would love yourself” is easy to remember. But many people are taken advantage of, seeing kindness as a weakness! So remember this, Jesus also said: “Be as cunning as a snake but as innocent as a dove”. (I think this is quoted in a Gnostic Gospel)
For a while, I put myself out there, showing compassion and basically became a doormat and it drained me. It taught me, but it was painful. Some, glad to say few friends were like enemies, complete Soul suckers, Vampires. We’ve all met people like this. They too are in pain. But only when you’re in a position of strength can you handle it. Meditation is key, something I was lacking in, & still am! But it is on my new self-Disciplines list.
One thing I have also discovered is that it is easier to love others before ourselves. This it seems is hard-wired into us. And it is a beautiful part of our nature, but we must be kind to ourselves foremost before we can truly devote time into pulling others up and out of the gutter of emotional pain and stress.
Governments can aid in this by implementing a basic income. Ahhh! Already, I hear the cries “you don’t get something for nothing!” Funny! As did you not get your life for nothing out of something?
A great Islamic mystic was asked about paradise, He said Friend that reality you speak of is as close to you, as the hair is on your camel’s nose.
“God Exists” As does the Earthly resurrection that enables us to re-enter into true spiritual being and eternity.