Sadly, we now know there will be more reasons put before us to blame and judge and condemn each other - more reasons to hate our fellow man. How confusing it all is... Here we are, with environmental disaster unraveling before us, while all eyes are on a few insane moments that cover our tv screens like a horror movie. The tragedy of lives shattered is terrible - terrible. We can all understand this. We all feel pain because of it. But lives are being lost in so many ways in every moment on this planet, and why some are more newsworthy than others poses questions. Refugees are dying from the cold and neglect every day. Families die in horrific accidents that make no sense at all. Loved ones die over long and painful weeks in hospital beds while families grieve before they can be free to grieve. We are surrounded by the reality of suffering for our lives. We cannot escape our destiny. We all will die, sooner or later.
So why can't we live too? Why are we not focused on making life easier, cleaner, kinder, better? Why are we not looking to nurture our precious planet earth so she will keep supporting and providing for us? Why instead are we obsessed with greed and selfishness - why are we so incapable of caring and sharing? No wonder the lights are dimming.
I heard recently of a lady who tells the story of a seagull dropping money into her garden. Twenty pound notes falling from the sky! Sounds ridiculous, but apparently true. The money keeps coming, and the lady has been giving the money to the homeless. Others have suggested she keeps the money for herself - but isn't that exactly where we go so, so wrong? The lady doesn't need the money. The homeless do. But something in our human nature makes some believe there is never enough and we should grasp and hoard whatever we can. We believe, somewhere in our deepest darkest shadow, that we can keep it for all eternity. How foolish we are.