Friday, September 4, 2009

New Jekyll and Hyde thought.

I am trying to leave religion and God out of my thought process on this subject. Not because I don't believe in God, I most certainly do. However, what about the people who don't? What about those who do not believe in this higher being and just live their lives, figuring out from day to day what it is they are suppose to be doing with no regard for the creation of the universe according to our belief in the bible and God. I have met some very wonderful, kind, caring individuals who do not have a relationship with God. So where did their kindness start? And what about those individuals who are mean spirited, hateful, with no regard for other's feelings or needs? If they believe in the absence of God then they must also believe in the absence of an evil being. So in this instance where does kindness and mean spiritedness (probably not a word) come from? And to what do these people attribute kindness and mean spiritedness.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Are we all Jekyll and Hyde

I went to see my step-daughter, Micah, in the musical Jekyll and Hyde. It was playing at a small community theatre in Little Rock, AR. The cast was wonderful and the vocals were astonishing. As I sat there and listened to the songs being emotionally sung, I wondered, are we all Jekyll's and Hyde's? I cannot imagine that any of us are either or. But as the play progressed I began to be reminded that all of us are both. The first scene opens with Dr. Jekyll visiting his father in a sanatorium where he was placed because he went "mad". Dr. Jekyll vowed to his father to find a way to take the madness away and put it somewhere else, to separate the good and bad. Further into the play I began to realize also the basic meaning behind the thought process of the writer. We are all good and we are all evil. Many of us spend a lifetime trying to separate the two. How many of us spend a great deal of time trying to obliterate the evil? How many of us truly believe this can be done? How guilty do we feel when it doesn't happen and even worse when evil takes over? More later.