We All Deserve Nothing

I don’t know about you, but I am not inspired to devote my heart, soul and muscles to the task of achieving “an equitable and non-violent world.”  I’m sorry, I just can’t get excited about it.  I’m not sure what that world would look like, but it sounds dead.  It doesn’t sound like the paradise I am after.

Not that there will be violence and wars in my paradise.  But describing paradise by listing the broken things it doesn’t have is like describing a beautiful new house by saying that the roof doesn’t leak and the doors aren’t rusted shut.  It’s like describing a delicious feast by saying that it won’t make you sick.    

I think the key is this: the more I realize that I can’t have heaven on earth, the more peaceful I am.  The more I realize that this trip isn’t going to last forever, the more I realize that the comfy seats aren’t worth fighting over.  Non-violence isn’t a goal.  It’s a side affect of pursuing better things.  The more I concern myself with the compass heading and the sails, the less time I spend in the galley worrying about the equal distribution of dessert.  And the happier I am for it. 

Not that equal distribution of dessert is a bad thing, it’s just that there are bigger things to think about.  Dessert is a bonus.  It’s not a right.  I have done nothing to deserve it.  I don’t even deserve to be on the boat.  But I am glad I’m here.

M. Ragazzo


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