The Ring

Have you seen “The Hobbit” movie? Or read the book? I have seen the movie but cannot find the fortitude to make it through the book. I cannot read nor write in such a way as Tolkien. In response to that movie, watching the Lord of the Rings seemed a likely road to take, since reading the trilogy of books, to get an idea of the future of the ring, is not within my possibility.

Lady or Lord?

With this ring
on your finger
I wed
to bring power
and responsibility.

So, evil was
able to persist.
She took not the
advice of her child
who longed to love
her back.
The child watched in horror
as she drove away
wearing The Ring!

Avenge the sins of
the fathers and mothers.

Love your children
and your husband
and your self.
Keep guard
of your heart
lest power corrupt.

Which brings me to the question of why seemingly good people turn away from all that is right and embrace evil? Why did the white wizard, Saruman, turn to the dark side, as did Darth Vader in Star Wars? Is there always a happy ending to every story and will there be a happy ending to your story?

In my quest to understand, if it is possible to understand, man and his nature, which includes woman as well, I feel there are more questions than answers. C.S. Lewis aptly said,

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”

Poetry

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  1. Reblogged this on dtdeedge and commented:
    There is power in evil, self-reward, self-aggrandizing power. Karma is the mantra of the would-be do-gooder. In evil, in selfishness and darkness, there is an apparent, immediate reward. It is often much simpler to take those first few steps down a path of darkness, indeed, more of a release and descent than an effort. Evil is self-maintaining and allows for continual growth of the ego and withdrawal from loss. Saruman saw power to rule, to govern, to mold the world into his image, rather than to be tossed in the sea of the way that things are. Vader succumbed to raw emotion, and was rewarded with respect, fear, and leadership.

    Good requires effort. Sustained and impossible effort. Each step on the path to goodness is uphill. The outward rewards for purity and righteousness are suffering, loss, and death. Frodo was wounded over and over, lost his finger, and ultimately, could never find true peace in middle earth. Luke lost Obi Wan, Yoda, and his hand. Though the long term rewards as enormous, they require faith, dedication, and forethought. Ghandalf, Frodo, and Sam all eventually voyaged to the undying lands, and gained vast wisdom along their journey. Luke became a Jedi, found his sister, and ultimately peace.

    But, these are all fiction. In reality, we know nothing of the ultimate rewards or consequences for our goodness or evilness. Gandhi, Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr — they were all rewarded by Karma with wisdom and death. Martyrs live in legend, but where they actually ARE, and what they are experiencing now — well, that requires hope and trust on our part.

    Ultimately, good and evil are simply thoughts projected onto reality by mankind. They are interpretations of a vast universe by beings with the minds of children, resolute in their ‘understanding’ of what is.

  2. There is power in evil, self-reward, self-aggrandizing power. Karma is the mantra of the would-be do-gooder. In evil, in selfishness and darkness, there is an apparent, immediate reward. It is often much simpler to take those first few steps down a path of darkness, indeed, more of a release and descent than an effort. Evil is self-maintaining and allows for continual growth of the ego and withdrawal from loss. Saruman saw power to rule, to govern, to mold the world into his image, rather than to be tossed in the sea of the way that things are. Vader succumbed to raw emotion, and was rewarded with respect, fear, and leadership.

    Good requires effort. Sustained and impossible effort. Each step on the path to goodness is uphill. The outward rewards for purity and righteousness are suffering, loss, and death. Frodo was wounded over and over, lost his finger, and ultimately, could never find true peace in middle earth. Luke lost Obi Wan, Yoda, and his hand. Though the long term rewards as enormous, they require faith, dedication, and forethought. Ghandalf, Frodo, and Sam all eventually voyaged to the undying lands, and gained vast wisdom along their journey. Luke became a Jedi, found his sister, and ultimately peace.

    But, these are all fiction. In reality, we know nothing of the ultimate rewards or consequences for our goodness or evilness. Gandhi, Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr — they were all rewarded by Karma with wisdom and death. Martyrs live in legend, but where they actually ARE, and what they are experiencing now — well, that requires hope and trust on our part.

    Ultimately, good and evil are simply thoughts projected onto reality by mankind. They are interpretations of a vast universe by beings with the minds of children, resolute in their ‘understanding’ of what is.

    • I thoroughly enjoyed your comment but disagree with your conclusion. Understanding is always distorted by our perception. What little we know is faith which produces goodness and evil. IF we believe the dream we dream is possible, what is impossible with us, will be achieved regardless of our meager efforts, by the one who led or the followers after. If thoughts are projections then what are actions? Deliberate, intended possibilities, to gain for ourselves a means to an end. There are no figments of our imagination. Everything we think is real. We live and die in that reality. We cannot possibly discount dreams because nothing changes. Man still strives, for either course, and ultimately every person’s questions are answered by default. We all face death. We all die. What happens after that is whatever you believed while you walked the earth. If we wake from our slumber, and see everything we adhered to was totally wrong, what chance do we have to get it right another time? That depends on what grace you were given and if you accepted.

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