Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How can we live in harmony?

The Panhala website ( today shared a poem with text by Thomas Aquinas.  The poem observes that the stars have lived in harmony for the millennia, but humans can’t seem to live in harmony much at all.  It finishes by asking the question: “How can we live in harmony?”  It answers: “First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.”

This is a rather nice answer, IF (and it is a really big if), in using the word “God” we were willing to abandon any sense of righteousness in our particular belief about God.  The moment we believe that we know something about what that word means, we will be at odds with others.  And if we madly care about our belief, we will be at odds with others, madly. 

But if we all could love God madly, without in the least caring how the word "God" differed or was similar in meaning or sense to any other person’s imaginings, then a world of people madly in love with God might not be so madly at odds with each other.  Indeed, we might live in harmony.

Unfortunately, though, there is little chance that beliefs about God will bring harmony.  And isn’t that the greatest profanity against God imaginable?   

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