Words to live by...
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 05:15PM
Dennis Young


“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller

In the long history of life and the world, there has never been any part of creation -- man, woman, plant, animal, insect (and let's also include forests, mountains, oceans, worlds -- even galaxies)-- that has had any kind of preeminence or control or dominion. We all exist in relationship to one another, each in his or her or its own way, each in its own time and place. And each for our own season.

We are secure to the extent that we accept the truth of our mutually interdependent existence. We are secure in that we all have our place in the grand scheme of things -- no one thing more important or necessary than any other.

No one and nothing has ever had control. Influence, perhaps, but not control. A seeming momentary advantage perhaps, but no one has had an inside track. No one has enjoyed true independence. We've all utterly depended on one another, first, last and always. We've all been important, and meaningful, and necessary and significant each in our own way, whether people or society has recognized it or not.

The world is secure. Security lives on that level, on the level of the whole. The world, as a whole, is in control, secure. It is ever-arising, ever-renewing, self sufficient but only as a whole. We are secure in that we are part of that great whole. Parts can never control. They can influence, but they can't control. We have no separate existence or power excepts as parts of a whole.

We are each an integral part of all that has ever been or ever will be. But as parts we will never have control -- nor do we need it.

So no one individual person or thing has every needed to be secure or in control. It has never even been remotely possible. We live in probabilities. We live in borrowed time. We depend utterly on that which gave rise to us, whether we call it God or the Universe, or Nature or Life. Loss and gain, give and take, rise and fall -- this is the nature of Life itself. We are secure in that we are provided for and maintained by that which birthed us -- we have no independent existence, no independent security or control.

We all are born and die utterly dependent on that totality which gave rise to us and we are secure only in our dependent role within that larger whole, that ever expanding system that is true mother and true father to us all.

When the prayers say, "May the good lord hold you in the palm of his hand..." or "Give us this day our daily bread..." hasn't that always, already been the case? Could there be any life apart from that?

The history of one such as Helen Keller serves as a shining example. She was beset with crippling disadvantages -- blind and deaf. She was completely dependent and vulnerable, as are we all. And yet she lived her fearless words. Her life became a thrilling adventure and she lives on as a brilliant example to all of us.

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