I Am My Own Flock

So then he says to her, he says, Oh yeah? Well, your flock is responsible for the Crusades, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Spanish Inquisition. And then she says, she says, Well, YOUR flock has Pol Pot and Stalin in it! And then they both accuse the other one of Hitler, and then they both alls of a sudden notice me sitting there, eating my clam, minding my own business,see? And they wanna know which flock I’m in,Β and I tells ’em, I tells ’em,all serious-like, I no longer feel the need to defend or explain any one else’s behavior or words, for I am my own flock. And I make sure to roll the “r” in “for”because that’s, like, really classy, right?…

he says she says

photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell

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5 thoughts on “I Am My Own Flock

  1. Of course only one of those two has religious dogma to back their actions.

    I don’t believe in god but that doesn’t make me a flock, any more than I’m a flock with those who don’t believe in dragons or Bigfoot.

    If I do something horrible it’s not because I don’t believe in Bigfoot.

    • GC –
      I know, right? πŸ™‚

      I’ve been thinking a lot about the finger-pointing and blame-gaming and separation that religion seems to bring into our lives. And a thought came to me – it needs some refinement, you’re going to be getting it still in its rough draft form – ooh! – actually maybe you can talk me through this and help me refine it! – but the idea that I’m working with right now is this: We don’t blame every geologist or physicist or biologist for what the nutty ones among them do, because we know that geology and physics and biology are not ideologies, they are areas of study and practice – not based on beliefs or opinions or dogma. And – okay, this is the part that I’m going to maybe have a hard time explaining to you if you already have some pre-conceptions regarding Christian Science – for me, CS isn’t a religion – it’s a study and practice. I know that’s not true for every person who identifies herself as a CSist, but it’s true for me. For me, CS is a way of looking at the world, a practice – a way of demonstrating Love. And It’s an individual practice, for me – not dependent on a human organization, or institution – and it has nothing to do with dogma or tradition or ritual. Are there crazies in the CS community? Yup. But I feel no need to come to the defense of them, or to try to explain what they’re doing, and I am absolutely not going to take responsibility or blame for what they get themselves up to. I can only be responsible for my own thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions. I am just a Karenian now – practicing my understanding of Life and Love and Truth the best way I know how.

      Man, this is lengthy. Sorry. Bet you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into here… πŸ™‚

  2. this reminds me of a quote my roommate & I had posted on the back of our dorm room door at Prin… “Fear not little flock!” for some reason we found this unimaginably funny (I think it was cabin fever, it was the dead of winter & our heater wasn’t working quite right).

      • The entire passage is from Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” which made us giggle even more. KJV has a way with words. πŸ˜‰

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