Holiday Diary #3- The Resurrection Will Not Be TelevisedPosted: April 9, 2012
Easter. Quiet Sunday. Clean. Clean Clean the house.
Now it is Monday and all these holier than thou messages about the resurrection, Jesus, Easter are coming into our in-boxes, or on our phones. But what does Easter really represent?
For me, the resurrection is a personal one, a worldly one and one that relates to nature. On the natural level, it may refer to the return to daylight. When there is more day than night. On the personal level, it is about how I feel about my own self in relation to the greater world.
The following message came into my wife’s inbox this morning:
A Universal Rule on Decision Making… Don’t make them, S., until it’s time to make them. Unless you already know what you want, in which case, however, there is no decision to be made.
You know, The Universe
This gave me pause for thought. What occurs to me is that people are beginning to talk about the “universe” in the same way they speak of “god.” In other words, everything gets reduced down to a small notion of what is possible. The bible ascribes attributes to the Lord that are not very pleasant human qualities. He is wrathful and unforgiving. But after he kicks the shit out of you, he still loves you and asks only that you “believe.”
When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims, religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! —George Carlin
When people start attributing rules and human qualities to the universe, then we are getting into the same hot water. This “unknown” is not a Magic Eight Ball. It is something vast, mysterious, and unknowable. It will always evade my ordinary mind and emotions. That is why it is wise to meditate when facing such enormous questions. So as Mr. Universe stated: yes, it is true, there is no decision to be made, but one needs to bear witness to one’s own life, and be vigilant. To be observer as well as a participant. Treat a question as if I do not already have the answer. Because that is truth, and by relinquishing my hold on it, it becomes more available to me. Prayer is not a petition, but a way of becoming a receptacle to a higher force.
After leaving my son with his friend, I took this question with me on my long walk down 7th Avenue, and then onto the subway home. In a sense, my question was so deep, it contained a fragment of the resurrection. I felt renewed. The mystery was there, and I was part of it. And that is what it’s all about.