The Daily Deskhenge:
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Christians who believe that the rapture is going to take place this coming Saturday. It’s been upsetting me, I confess. And when I see Avalokitesvara here telling me to see the other person’s point of view, I can’t help but imagine what it would be like to think that Saturday is the day that my God is going to come for me and remove me from a world I’ve spent my whole life on (that I know of). Now, let me add here that I don’t believe that the rapture is going to happen this Saturday, nor is the world going to end. I believe that we humans do this to ourselves as a way of making sense of our lives, giving our lives meaning, maybe even giving ourselves importance and significance in a Universe that is beyond measuring and in whose ocean we are barely the minutest drop. I could easily get lost in feeling very sorry for people who are that frightened and feel that small, but I don’t want to. That’s how I would have done things in the past, up to and including spending my whole day on Saturday praying for them that they’re not too angry and disappointed when the rapture they want so badly to happen doesn’t. But I’m going to take a different tack this time. I’m going to look at the Tarot card at the top of this reading (the six of coins/disks/pentacles, which I usually associate with giving, philanthropy, and sharing of all life’s good stuff; I basically see this as a happy card) and challenge myself to enjoy my life on Saturday even while being aware that others are suffering. I will allow my prayers for everyone’s peace and general good-heartedness to float into the ether, while simultaneously giving my surroundings the loving spring cleaning they are so desperate for (is anybody else drowning in dust and pollen??). While others are clamoring for death and removal from this Earthly home, I will celebrate my presence here.
What about others’ points of view do you celebrate, even if they are different from your own?