The Lord God Made Us All


"All Things Bright and Beautiful" - the famous hymn whose text was composed by Cecil F. Alexander.
“All Things Bright and Beautiful” – the famous hymn whose text was composed by Cecil F. Alexander.

 

James Herriott's true-life novels based on the lyrics of this hymn.
James Herriott’s true-life novels based on the lyrics of this hymn.

 

Charles Darwin - a scientist well-known for his genius.
Charles Darwin – a scientist well-known for his genius.

 

Darwinism - "The Origin of the Species"
Darwinism – “The Origin of the Species”

 

The Mayor's Office
The Mayor’s Office

 

What is one's Conscience?
What is one’s Conscience?

 

 

Once you have created a mature conscience for yourself, it is there to stay permanently.
Once you have created a mature conscience for yourself, it is there to stay permanently.

 

 

Religious Symbols
Religious Symbols

 

 

Sacrifices - a part of religious practices to this day. This is a painting by Caravaggio.
Sacrifices – a part of religious practices to this day. This is a painting by Caravaggio.

 

 

The Supreme Being - The Lord, our God - created Adam and Eve.
The Supreme Being – The Lord, our God – created Adam and Eve.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one;

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows for our play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day;

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

“All Things Bright and Beautiful” is a famous Anglican hymn that is also popular among other Christians too. It is believed that this hymn may have been inspired by a verse from Samuel Taylor Coleridge‘s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “He prayeth best, who loveth best; All things great and small; For the dear God who loveth us; He made and loveth all.” The piece has been sung to several melodies. The popular, non-fiction author, James Herriott has also written 4 volumes of his real, day-to-day life as a young, struggling, veterinary surgeon in the beautiful Yorkshire dales – each book is aptly named as per the lyrics of the first four lines of the chorus of this hymn.

Last night, I had a dream – it started out rather delightfully with a relaxing image of me taking generous scoops of ‘Haagen Dazs” Belgian praline ice-cream, from a tub that was far from modest in its size and proportions. I was thoroughly relishing each morsel. Suddenly, with absolutely no prior warning whatsoever, the same dream turned into a veritable ‘NIGHT-HORSE’ (You don’t know what that is? It is a copyrighted and patented word of my own inspirational invention – a synonym for NIGHTMARE which tends to be such a derogatory, deriding term for all things bright and beautiful AND FEMALE, in this modern age of so-called equality, secularism & democracy. The men (though wise and wonderful) seem to be rather sulky about my invention…..you know, sometimes,  some men tend to be such ‘kill-joys’  – don’t you go betraying my confidence by publishing this fact to the world! Don’t you go being sneaky either and start copying the word ‘night-horse’ elsewhere, unbeknownst to me, without getting all the requisite copyright permissions either…..Now will you please stop distracting me – it’s making me go way off tangent!!! Such selfish people in this world, I tell you!

Anyway, here’s the night-horse that I had (Do I hear some snickering in the background?  Stop it at once! Sit up straight! Behave yourself! After all, this is a blog with inspirational qualities – you ought to respect it. People are so rude and crude nowadays, that’s what I say!) Now, will you all just kindly ‘zip it’ so that I can continue uninterrupted?

Well, if you care to remember the beginning of the dream, it started out with my undiluted joy and delight and then suddenly – I really don’t know from  where – in the pitch-blackness of the night, I was rather taken aback (and none too keen) to behold, blurry-eyed, a ghostly apparition who seemed to have emerged straight out of the nineteenth century. What the hell……??? I shook my head several times in the hope that the apparition would disintegrate. The Ghost was garbed in the hood and robes of a Gregorian priest (crazy!) and surprisingly, he was guzzling down ‘Red Bull’ – the modern-day, energy-boosting drink – in greedy gulps, as if his throat was parched dry from a walk in the desert (?!). The drink was not doing too much for his stability and balance though – I wonder if it was undiluted Scotch because he kept hovering and tottering in the direct line of my (blurry) vision and all his incessant swaying was making me feel quite dizzy – to put it mildly. His voice was thoroughly and inappropriately nasal as he seemed to be nursing a severe cold and a streaming nose – a fact that was making him increasingly cranky and peevish. He was dripping snot all over the place (the dirty man!)  and I was left wondering if it is, at all possible, to catch all manner of germs and a serious infection from a ghost……

His followers – I don’t think that they were his like-minded disciples really; they looked more like ghostly entities garbed as scientists (?). These latter phantoms kept dithering in the back-ground, at the periphery of my vision and kept insisting on hiding, in a cowardly fashion, behind the plush curtains of my bedroom. They kept tugging at those wretched, priceless curtains of mine – I was quite sure that they would incur grave injuries (do you know of any phantoms capable of injuring themselves?), by the heavy curtain rod falling unceremoniously on their heads. Talking of heads – this priestly, luminous figure kept ‘thwacking’ me lustily on my head, for all he was worth, with a broom (I hoped that the said broom was clean – I had tired myself out earlier washing my hair). All this thrashing and slapping was most inconvenient to me – to say the least. People are so rude and crude nowadays, that’s what I say! Anyway, it made me wish heartily that he would stop slurping the horrid Red Bull/Scotch with so much enthusiasm – it was imbuing him with undue energy.

I hate to say this – being rude and crude and all – but he seriously looked like he was some sort of ‘nut’ or a ‘crack-pot’ who had emerged straight out of the loony-bin. This ghostly priest kept screaming irritatingly straight into my ear (for which I needed to put ear-drops later) – “Don’t you recognize me at all? Don’t you know who I am?I murmured something inaudibly that sounded like either Homer, Michelangelo or Socrates for which I was thanked graciously with a sharp crack of the broom on my skull. The ghost ranted and raged, as if totally ‘off his rocker’ and kept on yelling that he is someone called Darwin (?) and shouldn’t I know him by now – him being such celebrity scientist and all? He went into an incessant stream of something totally obscure to my mind ( I was still half-asleep, you know, despite the repeated beatings). He spoke eloquently of some sort of high-flown theory that he called, “Darwinism” and “The Evolution of the Species and Man” which was nothing short of  ‘crap’ and gibberish to my sore and injured ears. I fervently wished he would stop all his inconsequential babbling of all seemingly voodoo ‘nitty-gritties,’ paraphernalia and ‘what-nots’ of words that sounded something like atoms(?), molecules (?), cells (?), matter (?), galaxies (?), stars (?), planets (?), universe (?) and something even more obscure called ‘genes’ (or was it ‘jeans?’) that have contributed to the organic evolutionary process of the species arising and being perpetuated by a process of natural selection (????!!!!).

I had a solid head-ache by this time and was totally bored to tears and ‘crabby’ – that’s putting it very mildly indeed. I was saved finally by the bell (not too kindly) of my faithful alarm clock. It must have slipped off the shelf and had fallen unerringly and heavily on my head, with a sharp crack. Well, that explained my head-ache but if anyone of you knows who this entity named Darwin is and what his obscure theory of evolution concerns,  please do me the kind favor of letting me know all the itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, minute details –  but discreetly please. The whole world need not know of my total ignorance in this sordid matter, that’s what I say!

When I think about this strange dream, I think that this entity called Darwin was so enraged because I am in the process of avidly endeavoring to influence the entire world that the Lord God Made Us All when a reasonable (?), scientific (?!) explanation, of his own making,  already exists for the same.

It may surprise you greatly to know that I am not here to discuss either the origins of the universe or the evolution of the species or any other similar, like-minded theory, propagated by Darwin or any other like-minded scientists – I am here to put this matter in a totally novel and unique perspective – one that you probably never gave much thought to or never thought of at all. “A Philosophy of Life” that you would do very well indeed to imbibe as priceless and as precious words of unparalleled wisdom throughout the rest of your lives. I am well aware that Religion is a personal and private matter but you would still do very well to give the perspectives that I’m about to express here serious thought – if nothing else.

Since eons gone by, till contemporary times, the smallest and most remote villages, anywhere in the world have always had some sort of village head; a local governing body like a municipality; a police force, a judicial system and a small temple or even a tiny nook used for worship of their gods. However small and rudimentary this system tends to be, even till this day, it serves as a form of exerting some form of control over the masses; it serves in installing a system of checks and counter-checks – all in the greater view of establishing and maintaining some semblance of normality, discipline, safety, security and law and order, in a world that has gone insane. Such is needed to make sure that total chaos and anarchy do not ensue. This system continues to this day and you might wonder why it is so necessary when it  mostly concerns people who are adults who ought to be independent enough to look after themselves without external aids. Well, as we all know, only too well unfortunately, the amount of misdemeanors  felonies and crime all over the world have increased – and continue to do so – at an alarming rate. This system has been instituted since times immemorial because PEOPLE ACTIVELY NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE ANSWERABLE TO A HIGHER, SUPERIOR AUTHORITY THAN THEMSELVES  – ONE THAT WIELDS GREAT POWER AND INFLUENCE – FOR ALL THEIR VARIED AND MULTIPLE WICKED, CRUEL, RECKLESS, CALLOUS AND IMPULSIVE DEEDS. HUMANITY NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT TOTAL FREEDOM IS JUST A FALLACY – STOP LIVING IN A FOOL’S PARADISE. THE FIRST SIGNS OF MATURITY, RESPONSIBILITY AND ‘GROWING UP’ COME WITH THE APPRECIATION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE FACT THAT IF ONE DOES JUST ABOUT ANYTHING THAT ONE WANTS, THEN THERE WILL BE SEVERE PUNISHMENT AND DIRE CONSEQUENCES FOR WHICH THEY WILL HAVE TO PAY DEARLY. THIS SYSTEM IS AN ‘ABSOLUTE MUST’ IN ANY SOCIETY AROUND THE GLOBE SO THAT PEOPLE LEARN TO VALUE THE LIVES OF THEIR FELLOW-CITIZENS AND SO THAT THEY MAY LEARN TO BE MORE CARING, CONSIDERATE AND RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER.

It is true that sociopaths and psychopaths are notorious for committing horrific crimes against animals and humanity because it is well-known that they have no CONSCIENCE worth speaking of. However, it is with sadness that I’m forced to state today that it seems to me that a majority of the contemporary population has either a totally, under-developed conscience or one that is so weak and fickle that it may as well not exist at all.

Your conscience is what comprises the core elements of your soul – it is a conglomeration of your entire value system, your morality, your ethics, your character, your honesty, your integrity and comprises all the other virtues that you ought to hold dear to your heart and actively practice using. THE VERY FIRST STEP TOWARDS BECOMING A BETTER PERSON IS THE CULTIVATION OF A STRONG CONSCIENCE WITHIN YOURSELF – YOU NEED TO BE ANSWERABLE TO YOURSELF FOR YOUR OWN, CHOSEN ACTIONS (or lack of them), LONG BEFORE YOU ARE EXPECTED TO ANSWER TO ANY OTHER SUPERIOR, EXTERNAL AUTHORITY. Your conscience is one of the most important elements that differentiates our evolution from the Animal Kingdom – it is what needs to be nurtured, nourished and incessantly cared for like a new-born baby – this nurturing ought to never ever stop – it ought to continue, as strongly as its first inception, for the rest of your life on this planet. Your conscience needs to be honed skilfully till it reaches a fine point – its prick ought to hurt you and make you feel guilty when any wrong is committed against another. We should all work consciously towards developing a powerful, all-enduring and mature conscience within ourselves – one that will tell us that a certain idea, action or behavior is wrong – long before it is even conceived and committed recklessly, without any fore-thought and long before repentance and with it immense regret set in, as a result of it. 

Take my very strong advice – one and all – for all your scientific inclinations and convictions –  stop fooling yourself – you have never ever stopped having to be answerable to either yourself or to the world at large. We are all going through the Dark Ages on this Earth or the ‘Kaliyuga’ – as per the predicted, ancient Hindu philosophy because most people have forgotten, somewhere down the line, some very fundamental truths of maturity and responsibility.

Since ancient times till today,  a lot of people, all over the globe, have been RELIGIOUS-MINDED. In ancient times, people felt that it was very important to placate the wrath of the Gods by offering them various animal sacrifices; ample offerings of flowers, food, fruit, vegetables or cash. People undertook then (as they continue to do today) weekly fasting; they laid (and continue to lay) great stress and importance on the performance of several long-winded rites, rituals and prayer ceremonies. People felt that the Gods were the ones who held the Supreme Power of saving them from catastrophic calamities like floods, drought, tornadoes, hurricanes, tidal waves, etc. People prayed fervently to the Gods to bless and grace their farm lands with enough rain – but not too much – so that they could experience the joy and prosperity of an abundant harvest of crops. People prayed so that God would keep them safe and sound from indiscriminate crime and attacks on their lives by animals and/or mortals alike. To this day, religion holds a very significant place in the lives of many people – they tend to visit the fire temple/mosque/synagogue/church/chapel, etc regularly, to attend daily sermons/prayer ceremonies; to pray copiously themselves and to offer huge sums of money as donations to the priestly class and for the upliftment and prosperity of their place of worship. They feel that if they undertake various pilgrimages abroad and if they undertake  various charitable works to help the starving millions, the poor and the needy that it absolves them of all their sins and wrong-doings. DO YOU KNOW WHY? YOU KNOW THE ANSWER – IT HAS BEEN STARING AT YOU IN THE EYE ALL ALONG – IT IS DUE TO THE FACT THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE SPIRITUAL-MINDED, LONG BEFORE THEY LEAN TOWARDS BEING RELIGIOUS. Come on, people, do be a little sensible and reasonable! Do you honestly imagine that your soul will be given preferential treatment and immediate entrance from among the long queue of other souls waiting to gain admittance through the Portals of the Heavenly Abode? Do you really imagine that you’ll be given a special hearing at Eden’s Door if you wave your prayer-book frantically, conveying the fact that you are ‘holier-than-thou’ very religious-minded? I’ll tell you something else – I’ve seen certain people, with my own eyes, being hypocritical, by kissing the dusty floor of our fire temple. These people really ought to be more mindful of catching a grave infection in this way and they ought to realize that brooms do exist for sweeping the floor, you know, even if it’s Darwin’s instrument of vengeance!

SPIRITUALITY CONCERNS LEADING ONE’S LIFE ALONG THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. IT INVOLVES LOVING GOD AND LEADING ONE’S LIFE ACCORDING TO GODLY WAYS. IT IS AN ACTION OF BEING GOD-FEARING; OF ACKNOWLEDGING THE FACT THAT GOD HAS BESTOWED THE HIGHEST COMPLIMENT ON HUMANITY BY CREATING US ALL IN HIS VERY OWN IMAGE; OF ACCEPTING THAT THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ULTIMATE SUPREME BEING – THAT HE IS A BENEVOLENT, MERCIFUL AND LOYAL FRIEND AND THAT HE IS ALL-POWERFUL. EVERYONE NEEDS TO ACCEPT THAT THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF GODS AND RELIGIONS IN THE WORLD BUT THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD – THE SUPREME BEING TO WHOM WE NEED TO BE ANSWERABLE FOR ALL OUR ACTIONS ON THIS EARTH. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT NAME WE MIGHT CHOOSE TO CALL THIS SUPREME BEING – BE VERY SURE THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR AND JUSTIFY ALL YOUR ACTIONS (or lack of them) ON JUDGEMENT DAY – AND THERE WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE ONE. FOR GOD’S SAKE, PEOPLE, GROW UP AND LEARN TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE TOWARDS YOURSELF AND TO YOUR FELLOW-BEINGS! THIS BEING DONE, THE WORLD WILL NOTICEABLY BECOME A MUCH BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN – WE MUST ACCEPT HOWEVER THAT IT MAY NEVER EVER BE ‘UTOPIC’ AND FREE FROM EVIL, CRIME AND SUFFERING BECAUSE THAT IS THE NATURE OF ALL FALLIBLE MORTALS. WE CAN ALWAYS TRY TO ACTIVELY IMPROVE OURSELVES IN THIS MATTER, DON’T YOU THINK SO?

LEARN TO LOOK BEYOND THE END OF YOUR NOSE. EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS NOT ABOUT YOU AND WHAT YOU WANT – OTHER PEOPLE ALSO MATTER.

I really don’t know how many people will even read this blog through till the end, leave alone start changing their ways for the better. This I do urge you – please feel free to continue practicing your religion (s) in any way that makes you feel comfortable, happy and at peace with your mind. THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IS THAT IF PEOPLE CAN LEARN TO BE SPIRITUAL AND RELIGIOUS SIMULTANEOUSLY, IT WOULD BE COMMENDABLE INDEED! 

Whether you are an atheist or an agnostic or one who has lost faith in God and His Existence, for whatever reason, don’t forget that you can never be better than what you already are if you don’t accept the inevitable truth that WE ALL ARE ULTIMATELY ANSWERABLE TO THE LORD, OUR GOD.

Let us all consciously attempt to change our ways for the good and make this world a better place to live in, is all I can truly say!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a blog and the dream mentioned in it is entirely fictional.The dream, in this blog, was needed to intersperse a very serious topic with a touch of subtle humour – for no other obscure reason or ulterior motive. I acknowledge the fact that I have the highest respect for the memory and genius of Darwin and all other scientists for that matter – I sincerely would not be too keen to behold the ghost of Darwin, in reality, I can assure you! We have enough EVIL to deal with in this world without ghosts and phantoms haunting our existence and scaring us witless – thank you very much. It has most certainly not been my intention to offend or insult anyone or their sentiments. If the latter has been the case, I hope avidly that you can and will forgive this author for being so blunt and candid in her approach to this subject.

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