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Our World is like a pot of soup

North Miami Beach, FL January 21, 2010
A.H. Schectman

I got to thinking about the overwhelming bits and pieces of news from all corners of the world. We know a lot of small stuff but nothing  to show how we can fix and heal the world. We should stop and think about the wanton destruction that is recorded in the news.  This news is submerged in the overwhelming self congratulatory Facebook and twitter messaging that have come to create changes in our lives which only recently has been aware that books and newspapers are being threatened by the all-in-one cell-phones” and kindels”; the internet with its electronic marvels following the e-mail phenomenon built on the invention of the computer. 

Certainly it is all these bits and pieces that enable us to see the rich gumbo of humans stock with all the different flavors and richness of diversity and flavors and aromas that are bubbling away.  This is  while we concern ourselves with picking the lint out of our own the navels while tremendously involved in our neighbors pursuit of their own business.

The pot of soup metaphor is a handy one for it is  rich and variegated while all its separate elements blend and meld with each other so that what we end up with is not much like how it started out.

The bubbling and occasional spilling over are true pictures of human affairs as well as mother nature’s anger at us from time to time.

At this time of year we celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King jr.  And the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

We once defined ourselves as descendants of great presidents.  Today we find models in entertainers and flickering images on large and small screens.  We have not left of violence and senseless wars behind: the cause we have brought them with us into the 21st century.

 So l end this essay by once again comparing our world to a pot of soup.  It contains all of the nourishment all of the citizens of the world could possibly need but we need to watch out  because it’s bubbling and seethint has the ability to overcome its container and put out the fires and lights of our world. 


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