Four Letter Words
Epiphany – 1
Action determines everything. Even the quality of being inactive, the perceived opposite of action, has consequences. Earlier this week four young people were indicted for kidnapping and brutally beating a classmate of one of the four. The criminal actions took place a week ago and were seen by thousands since the perpetrators filmed themselves and streamed online. Those that watched, however, were inactive in their watching because that’s all they did… watch. No one in the audience immediately contacted the police. Their inactivity made them accessories during and after the fact though none will ever be charged. What would you have done?
The season of Epiphany is an often confused season. It might be easiest explained with the graphic of a lightbulb, although generally a star is used. Liturgically, the Epiphany was that time when wise men traveling from far off reached the baby they believed would be a savior for their world and its peoples. It is the actual beginning of the religion known as Christianity since these were the men who proclaimed the baby to be the Christ-child. The child would grow up and become known as Jesus of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem. By birth he was of the Jewish faith and yet in the end, his own rejected him. He came, he said, for all and vetoed notions that some were better than others, that some might be “chosen” and others could be ignored.
During this Epiphany season 2017 we will discuss actions and verbs as we seek to discover how to be the light of our own lives and hopefully, for others. We will ask ourselves just how brave we are, just how narcissistic we are in our everyday living. It is not about whether you believe one way or another. It is about the fact that we are all living here together.
Chaos theory helps not only define many of our lives, it gives credence to the fact that we are all in this thing called life together and are affected by each other. In 1960 Edward Lorenz, a professor at MIT, constructed a weather model. Weather is the total behavior of all the molecules that make up earth’s atmosphere and Lorenz’s model uncovered patterns from seemingly unrelated instances that aided in predicting the weather.
Chaos theory when applied to humans uncovered the cycle patterns of life. There is much still to be discovered, more epiphanies of mankind to unearth and yet, we do know some things. Brutality is not kind. Criminal actions can be considered evil. Gangs provide a sense of family but not in a positive way. What actions provide for a better world? What verbs might be used to describe your day?
A snow flake is an object composed of water molecules. These molecules do not have a common nerve system, DNA or a chief molecule that calls the shots. How do they stay together? What attraction keeps them together? How does one molecule in one leg of the flake know which private design the rest of the gang is cruising for, in other legs of the flake, for the tiny molecule a million miles away?
Deed… Gang… Evil… Kind… Look…Turn… Snow……..Self. And the biggest four letter word of all……Life. I hope you stick around for this series Epiphany 2017. That would involve the four letter word…Read. As with everything, my intention is to offer something for your mind, another four letter word, to ponder. Most of all, during this season, my wish (yes, also a four letter word) is that you find the best four letter word of all… Hope.