When you can think about anything you want, any time you want, what do you choose to think about? Not a common luxury, eh? Well, if you had the time……. Like sometimes I just like to think about infinity? I even call sometimes. See how it’s doing… especially, all the little infinities…What courses they’re signed up for this Zillionth-mester?
But today, I was thinking about sorrow, specifically human sorrow and the totally unnecessary pain we inflict on ourselves. What does the all knowing/pervasive Infinite think about that? Does it register on the feeling screen of the Infinite?
Where does sorrow exist in a timeless universe. If it can only exist in time, is it possible to make a break into the timeless for a quick vacation? or even permanent relief?
Seriously, what is the response of All Being to part of its Being….. being……. sorrowful.
Does it regard the sorrow as awful? Awe-full?
Is it of one accord, all the Infinite? Like, do different parts of the sorrowing part have a say-so in how the whole Infinite feels? What is the sorrow actually made of?
Jesus was often called “The man of sorrows?” He seemed to have a rich connection with Infinite Love, so what was his hit on the sorrow thing? The sorrow he encountered in people? And did he encounter it in himself?
Oh, and then, there’s the question, is the sorrow asking anything of me? And if so, what? What is my response to the sorrow…as a representative of…… the Infinite? At least to ask the questions, “Is all this sorrow necessary?” “What about all the sorrow that’s happening when I’m having a good time.” “Does it need to factor in?”
Thomas Merton, (the great mystic, poet and writer-19th century) said that he opted for “having a good time,” instead of “doing good.”
Then there’s Ayn Rand and her philosophy. “Where is John Gault?”
Whose right? The Buddhist scientist I met who said that he had more compassion because We’re All one, or the political activist who said that he had more compassion because there was “an other.”
Does sorrow till the field for the growing of compassion. Can you have compassion if there is no sorrow.”
And can you still feel the joy in the midst of the sorrow? Is there joy in the compassion? Indeed is joy born in compassion? Is the sorrow then, one of the parents of compassion? The other being empathy?
So, what I say is that we come out of sorrow?