May 15, 2015 admin

PURPOSE: THE SHRIMP OF THE MATTER

by Bruce D. Kent

Age 65. Port Clinton, OH

The Ghost of Christmas Present was right, our business is humanity.  When I turned 59, I decided to spend one year evaluating my life.  When I turned 60, I realized that most of my life had been defined by the word “me”.  I decided that I needed to change that to “we”.  We have a world with enough resources so that no one should go to bed hungry or ill if we just didn’t waste so much in useless conflict and egocentrism.  I am pragmatic enough to know that I can have little effect on the macro plane of life, but I can make a difference in the microcosm.  That’s what I am trying to do.

My son gave me an ecosphere for my 64 b-day  It is a window above my desk.  I look at it every day, watching the brine shrimp going about their daily lives.  They share food and space with each other.  They don’t fight nor do they try to hog their limited resources.  People could learn a lot from those shrimp.

I look at it every day, watching the brine shrimp going about their daily lives. . . People could learn a lot from those shrimp.

This discovery of purpose has been a long time coming.  I was lead in this direction 50 years ago while in 8th grade.  My English teacher had us read a book that really effected me:  John Steinbeck’s The Pearl.  Other books that challenged me included The Grapes of Wrath, All Quiet on the Western Front.  Jesus’ philosophy as found in the Gospel of Matthew, Sermon on the Mount and the separating of the goats and sheep have also been major factors in my life.

 

 

 

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