You made us like this. You gave us the capacity to think, to reason, to debate, to examine evidence.
You gave us the deep desire to love, to connect, to communicate, to share ideas and feelings. You instilled in us a potential to build our empathy, to understand complexity and contradiction, to examine standpoints, to listen and to learn.
As far as we know we are the only species who can do this.
As far as we know.
are we the species who plunder and loot, who exploit and overuse, who use escapism and denial to hide from our responsibility to be that “higher life form” our art and philosophy used to tell us we were?
are we the species who fear our neighbour and lock up CHILDREN to feed our own fear?
has human history consistently been full of war, abuse, terror, greed and squabbling over things that are not ours?
Creator was this inevitable? Did you know we would be like this? Why did you not know? Why did you make us? Have we ever been better?
Can we be better?
Can these dry bones live? Is there a hope that is not just denial? Is there a joy that is not just excess? Is there a love? Any real love? Not desire or neurosis or need or charity but just that pure and redeeming thing…love?
At church today we talked about Dominic asking us to contemplate the good, the beautiful and the true. Help me to find that in my species. Help me to find it in myself.
The good. The beautiful. The true.