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August 27, 2020 

 

Dear Friends,
From the tiniest insect to the largest mammal, every living thing has divinely inherited everything it needs to live a comfortable and fulfilling life. This seems to be evident with all the species except that of a human. When we closely observe the human condition, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Humanity has never been more prosperous, nor lived longer or had healthier lives. Technology has provided us with benefits and pleasures that were unimaginable 100 years ago. At the same time, humans are the most unhappy, irritable, and critical of all the species. We have phobias, substance abuse, stress and anxiety disorders, as well as all the physical ailments that result from those things.
We have two attributes that are not found in other species. The first is our power of reflection, which is much more evolved than other life forms. Our power of reflection provides us with a much deeper and intellectual understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Our power of reflection is accompanied by another attribute exclusive to humanity and that is our imagination. We not only reflect on something as it is, but we can also imagine what it could be. We can actually create a vision of something that does not exist. That is great! It has led to all the inventions, discoveries, and advancements that make our lives easier and more enjoyable. However, the problem that exists is that we as human beings have not learned how to fully master our imaginations. We are able to imagine things that do not exist and never will. In many cases, we don’t now if what we are imagining is real or something we made up.
When we believe something is true and are committed to that belief, it becomes real to us and becomes a part of our reality. I cannot imagine how many of my close friends hold so strongly to their political beliefs that I see as totally erroneous. Yet, I can imagine my political beliefs to be so absolutely truthful that I will stand up and fight for them. When I feel so “right” about what I believe in, I am not open to understanding my opponents position.
There is a spiritual term called Open Mind, Open Heart. The idea is to listen with an open mind to all things that are said without defense or offense.
Blessings,
Duke