The Ring

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.

borderline crossing

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…

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