Thursday, July 13, 2006

Petty Kingdoms, Poorly Run

"And he said to him, `Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'"
Our lives are kingdoms held in fee. While few of us are or ever will be truly great (I have a corner lot in Moscow, Idaho and Alexander was dead by the time he was my age) we have to stand up and recognize that we are not animals. Our humanity is in our Will, our Governance, and the extent of our internal Civilization. In fact, though we are smallish kingdoms, our self knowledge has come to us accurately when it knows where is the border of our realm and the peace of the life inside it. I meditate on this when speaking to others who can't seem to find the simplest wisdom by which they could govern better.
I think, "You don't do "You" very well, do you? Maybe if you had less in Life, you could do it better.
"Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required"
We have been given humanity. It is a station, a dignity a little less than the gods. How have we scribed out the ways and orders of our lives? How have we governed? The rest of humanity watches and measures the joy of our citizens, the contentment of our queens, and the peace of our souls. Are they thinking that perhaps we were given too much?

1 comment:

Rhuel said...

"Are they thinking that perhaps we were given too much?" I'm not sure who you mean by "they" but I, personally, have a tendency to think that many of us here have been given too much. We find it difficult to give up our stuff to others. Be it our material posessions, our time, our hearts... Maybe because we've worked hard for our stuff. Maybe we feel we don't have enough time. Maybe we've been hurt too mcuh. Or maybe it's because we're selfish (probably a combination, with an emphasis on the selfishness). It is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man... Maybe if I had less in life, I could do it better. Thanks for the thought.