Wednesday, 20 April 2011

a Moment for Wisdom…


What madness there is, what blindness,
what unintelligent leadership! A scurrying mass of bewildered humanity, crashing headlong against each other, propelled by an orgy of greed and brutality.

A time must come when this orgy will spend itself, when brutality and the
lust for power will perish by its own sword.

When that day comes, the world must look for a new life, a way of life based on one simple rule: be kind.

When the strong have devoured each other, the Christian ethic may at last be
fulfilled, and the meek shall inherit the Earth.

Father Perrault (the High Lama in “Lost Horizon”)

Personal Wisdom:

What does “… the meek shall inherit the Earth” mean to you?

Do you think the term, “be kind” applies to you? Are you aware of times when it does NOT apply to you?

Societal Wisdom:

What would change in our society if we were based on the rule, “be kind”?

a Moment with Sharif…



Who says you can’t learn anything from Hollywood movies?

If you haven’t seen the restored version of the Hollywood classic, “Lost Horizon”, I strongly recommend it. I think it really bears the test of time and wears its 75 years well!

In the movie, the High Lama makes two long statements about society and morality. They made sense then, and make even more sense now.

I think most of us feel that we’ve entered the time when the “orgy will spend itself”. (However, please remember: this cinema masterpiece is almost a century old!) What happens then? Do you think that we will enter a mythical time, when everything is just wonderful? Do you think that it will be Armageddon and “The End of Days”? Something in between?

Father Perrault says that “the meek shall inherit the Earth”, quoting the New Testament. The phrase “meek” always bothered me… it has been interpreted as saying, “Don’t rock the
boat; wait to get your ‘reward’ in Heaven”. That’s pretty easy to say, if you’re actually in the boat, not floating in water infested with sharks. At that point, you’d do anything to get inside the boat, including rocking it!

I later learned that the statement could mean something very, very different.

In the King James version, the word that is translated as “meek” means “of the ground”
(humus). It could mean either lowly in status, and it could mean “close to the Earth”. In the second definition, Jesus could be interpreted as saying, “Those who are close to the Earth will inherit the Earth”. And that could mean the Keepers… and us Menders!

Father Perrault says, When that day comes, the world must look for a new life, a way of life based on one simple rule: be kind.”

The only thing that I would add is… “be kind… to all beings”.





All photos by Sharif Abdullah, unless otherwise noted.


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One Response to Wednesday, 20 April 2011

  1. simone says:

    yes. and apparently at the end of his life, when asked what the most important thing he learned was, brilliant perennial wisdom philosopher/theologian aldous huxley answered: to be kinder.

    i’ve also heard the “meek” to refer to those no longer unconscious, not identified by and re-acting from an egoic mind-made, sense of a separate “me”. in other words, those awakened to their larger inclusive Self (which includes their human individuated expressions as well as all other beings arising from the One Life Source/Force.)

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