POEM: Just Desserts

I had a
Where we lived
In a world
Where everyone got
What they deserved
I woke up
And was pleased
To recollect
We receive
More than we deserve

This short poem is about . In more tight-fisted moments, we may fantasize about people getting what they deserve. Many times this is more about or revenge than . is the infinitely large context that allows to flourish without devolving into mere retribution. There is no doubt that has consequences. And sometimes those consequences spring from wise boundaries set with other people. Nonetheless, also has origins. The fact that you are even alive is as mysterious as it is unaccountable. This is the context and basis for the of . Good things come our way without our doing. The that emerges from such a may very well be the most -affirming aspect of human . Of course, bad things come our way without our doing. The former is called the problem of good. The latter is called the problem of . You don’t hear much about the problem of good for the simple fact that most people don’t consider it a problem. But, good is no less puzzling than . In fact, whether good (or ) arises out of our human and may very well depend on our focus and on good (or ). As agents, it should come as little surprise that humans are self-fulfilling prophets.

When facing the puzzling “problem” of good and , many will make little account of where good comes from in . However, it is a rare individual who doesn’t have strong opinions about where evil comes from. Let the rants begin! Ironically, the very that is so awesome and precious (and undeserved) can lead us to fixate on unenlightened actions that threaten . Tighten those fists; it’s going to be a scary ride! Even those who are highly skeptical, thinking that good and evil come from nowhere somewhere in the human , have to accede to the simple equation put forth in Eric Idle’s song, Always Look at the Bright Side of , from the Monty Python movie, The Life of Brian:

I mean – what have you got to lose?
You know, you come from nothing
– you’re going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing.

See here for the irreverently rousing version of this song from Eric Idle himself in the movie.

I believe that life comes from something, not nothing. Somewhere in the mysterious of hearts from which life springs we can join in its rhythms and melodies. Or, we can tighten our fists fearing we will lose what we so mysteriously wonderfully have in the first place, which ironically, causes us to lose the spark of life within us. I think that this is what meant when he said, “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an . Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (Matthew 25:29) May you bubble over with life, and may others not that there is not enough.

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