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The Bigger Picture
by Leland Waldrip

Friday, January 15, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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The question keeps raging:
Is existence-of-god on the mark?
Well, wisdom comes with aging,
To light up shadows in the dark.

The people of this world
Have matured greatly of late,
Measuring history unfurled —
Science is given more weight.

There are a few who argue
With a seriously straight face,
That laws of physics, just a menu,
To select from in interstellar space,

Or from someplace else “above”
By a personal god they embrace,
And this supposedly due to love
Their god shows through “grace.”

Some select here and there
And slim truths accumulate,
Cobble pieces, force to adhere,
Yet ignore vast cosmic template.

If a person is thereby deluded,
Justification indelibly in mind,
God’s existence be concluded,
And to truth forever blind.

Anthropomorphic projections aside,
The cosmos is impersonally cool,
Universe is light years deep and wide,
Not influenced by priest’s vocal tool.

Human voices are deeply irrelevant
To the enforcement of cosmic law,
Even if on bended knee we rant,
And importune our throats raw.

Devotes of serious thought eliminate
Such delusions as uncritically askew —
God tradition wanting to discriminate
In favor of a chosen few.

But those who have the sense
That physics laws are indelibly set
And will remain so ever hence,
Adopt a life-stance of no regret.

But does god then, in fact, exist?
What does it really matter,
Without supernatural to insist
On ritual obeisant chatter?

For if god be not or if god be,
Supervising universal watch,
The planets, stars and all we see
Are cosmic cogs, lug to notch.

A god is, or isn’t, installed,
But our behavior is our own.
We only, glorified or appalled
At what’s reaped from what's sown.

So don’t worry about a deity,
Of whether god is or is not —
Make peace with corporeity —
Physics — not who but what!

© 2010 R. Leland Waldrip
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Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 11/27/2010
As times get more and more difficult controversy escalates. I'd hate to be one who said I didn't believe and then find out in the end I was wrong.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/26/2010
A god is, or isn’t, installed,
But our behavior is our own.
We only, glorified or appalled
By what’s reaped, what’s sown.

I appreciate the philosophical point of view that you have shared in your verses here, Leland. I also appreciate the degree of difficulty such attention to form must present. Thank you, my friend. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 1/19/2010
Karma is real but to me God is too. An excellant thought provoking pen Leland.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/18/2010
I'm with you 100%. Ethical behavior does not need religious fervor.

In the case of my grandmother and uncle, dementia and religious attraction grew hand-in-hand. I would think that when people are losing their ability to think clearly, they fall back on dogma for comfort.

Many of your loyal followers on AD are...

Reviewed by John Bidwell 1/16/2010
Very well done- and spot on I would say.
I would rather be among those developing solar energy than those who sacrifice their first born (If it is a daughter) to the sun God in hopes of ending a disease.

Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/15/2010
very well said! interesting and inspires some deep thought
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/15/2010
Hah! You pretty much nailed it, Leland. Still, I think I had rather live as close to the teachings of the Bible as possible. I mean the Ten Commandments are nor bad templates to steer your life toward. It is when the "stars" of the pulpits get a little rambunctious is when I have a falling out. Besides, you can be spiritual and not have one religious bone in your body. Good to see you posting again. I disagree on a few of your thoughts, but so what? I still like to read your "stuff."

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