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>What Makes Me Sad

>It truly makes me sad to see how people get caught up in conflict and violence- they dehumanize one another and treat each other as enemies, when really they could all be friends. If we shared what we have and looked after one another’s needs- emotional as well as economic- we could have a far more peaceful world. We waste so much energy on conflict, on arguing about beliefs, on misinterpreting one another’s words, when it is all so unnecessary.

People seek explanations of evil- they blame erroneous beliefs, bad attitudes, and even spiritual beings taking over weakened minds. All of this has some truth- but ultimately it is us- the conscious us who decides. If we forgo selfishness and start to think more of how we can look after one another, then we can find our true happiness. A hungry man is an angry man- and a loving, loved man can never feel hungry again.

The Urantia Book makes very clear the difference between evil and sin. Evil is a misconstrued attitude to the universe- it is usually found in ignorance. Hence the many evils of a developing country, the corruption, the bribes, the lack of justice- all accepted as a way of life by the otherwise smiling locals. Sin is quite different- giving in to temptation to try for some false goal- this is the realm of twisted thinking, of willfully doing wrong. This can only be cleansed by spiritual means, not just by a good education. When a being slips from evil into conscious sin, he is surely in trouble. The problem of religion is sin, not evil. This is why we will always need religion in some form or other, even when obvious evils are finally scarce to find.

There is a dignity in this- that here we really do have a choice. By following God’s will- the voice of the Higher Reality that we are truly a part of- we can live life of virtue, as partners with eternity. We will then never lust or long for more than we have, as we then have everything- we even are everything. Our power is to share in God’s power, not to seek to lord over others. We seek to be the servants of others, just as they serve us, all of us looking after one another in the great cosmic communion of Love.

>A Hymn to Life’s Joy

>There are so many choices, under this broad sky, with the love of our Father in Heaven to guide us. We often fear which way to choose, but there are really so many ways to live our life, with so many bright and wonderful experiences awaiting us. The universe is a school, with playgrounds to lighten it.

Here, we learn values: patience, kindness, temperance and compassion. We feel good when we care for others and our conscience troubles us when we make those mistakes that matter most. We learn the value, the total reality of love; a love which fills all things with the warmth and meaning of life itself. We learn of one another, especially of how to care for another sensitive, sentient being, with needs just like our own, but at any time different ones. We learn what real happiness is and how inexorably bound up it is with consideration for others.

All of this is sweetened by millions of beautiful play-things, just as rainbows follow rain. Walking, I see flowers spread perfume into the air and bright colours across the ground: birds sing sweetly, filling the skies with delicate music. Below us, the seas hold amazing life, from sunny tropical fish to the gigantic squid of the depths- whilst above, a plethora of planets and nebulae revolve, awaiting our discovery. Truly, this is a wonderful world, in a marvellous universe. To all this, our most natural response is thankfulness, praise-

Praise of the Heavenly Father who gave us all this,
Praise of the Eternal One, who could bring forth such wonders,
Thankfulness that He, in His grace, allows us to be co-creators,
Experiencing this fantastic universe as something of ourselves.

A personal experience, this life,
A joy granted equally to myriad beings-
To wisely choose our path through so many experiences,
Back to our Eternal Father, our God in Heaven.