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I’ve lost faith. Not in myself or any one person…but in society as a whole. We’ve truly outdone ourselves, haven’t we? Our power is devouring us. Self-destruction disguised as bits and bytes of betterment. Perhaps once we’ve surrendered the rest of our intelligence to a robotic regime, we’ll cycle back to playing with sticks and rocks. Building our own fires out of boredom ….just to see if we can. History repeats itself. We’ll sharpen our knives again instead of our minds. But will we ever sharpen our awareness? We have only scratched the surface of our abilities to evolve into humanity. On the contrary, we’ve regressed. We’ve even lost faith in friendships, walking on eggshells around social behaviours we’ve already mastered. Texting conversations that freeze, then flow again, with license to ignore as if the norm.

I have faith in potential. Before I allowed video games to sweep my children into a “Call of Duty”, we collected shells on the beach until the sun nestled on the horizon. Clouds were clouds. Facial recognition meant nothing more than counting freckles. Collecting precious smiles that burst into laughter over almost nothing. We traced the shape of the moon as the grass tickled our skin. I remember. They remember.

I have faith in possibilities. I see starving children no longer starving. I see the end of violence. I see lonely people surrounded by love. I see it all because it’s all there waiting for us to create. Much more rewarding, I would think , than superimposing fictional characters into a digital environment. You don’t need goggles. Just a good heart. I do have unwavering faith in God, but I fear he has lost faith in us.

 

lone seagull sets sail

sun waits patiently for more

waters uncharted

 

 

It’s Haibun Monday at dVerse Poets Pub and the topic is “faith”.  You are all welcome to join in. I am pleased to be your host. Doors open at 3 p.m. EST and this poetic prompt is open all week.

Image credit: pixabay.com

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  1. I can see what you say… I see it all, but I also see the kindness and the basic decency. Just maybe we need to understand ourselves much better and see what’s good instead of what’s bad. The fear is what’s worst, it makes us cease to have faith in humans.

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    • I see all the positive too….and I haven’t lost faith in humans. The problem is organizing the kindness enough to make a difference on a larger scale. 🙂

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  2. This is wonderful, Mish. I especially relate to this line:
    “Facial recognition meant nothing more than counting freckles.”
    I tire of sitting in a restaurant, looking across the room, and seeing a family of four or five with every head down, fingers flying on a “device” rather than talking animatedly to each other. I do have faith….every night I happen to be with the grandkids at bedtime, even at ages 11 and almost 10, when they’re in their beds and lights out, we hold hands and sing the two songs my mother used to sing to me, and that I used to sing to their mother and uncle: School Days and My Sweet Heart’s the Man in the Moon. I recently asked, are you sure you still want to do this? And they actually seemed insulted that I’d asked 🙂
    The word “humanity” is the key. We must somehow, in the face of 24/7 news and “devices,” maintain our humanity.

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    • Yah!! They probably hang on to every word, Lillian. So many children (especially in the near future) will never have this bedtime routine. When I watch 12 month old babies swiping phones…it makes me so sad.

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  3. A poignant haibun, beautifully written. The Haiku adds the perfect accent to this profound meditation!

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  4. I agree, Mish, about losing faith in society as a whole. What you said about ‘once we’ve surrendered the rest of our intelligence to a robotic regime, we’ll cycle back to playing with sticks and rocks’ reminded me of 2001: A Space Odyssey – most things go full circle and if we carry on as we are, that’s where we’ll end up. I also agree with you about friendships and texting.
    Having faith in potential and possibilities is the way to be. That’s what I did as a teacher. I wish more people would do the same as us.
    I love your seagull haiku!

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  5. Good description in these sentences: “We’ll sharpen our knives again instead of our minds.” and “You don’t need goggles. Just a good heart.”

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  6. I do like that haiku, Mish. Seagulls don’t have faith, they just do it 🙂

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  7. I agree Mish. Potential and possibilities…yes. In our society? No. Shameful. But God hasn’t lost faith in us, He never had faith in us to begin with. He has faith in himself. There are good and decent people, but the core of us is fallen. There is still hope…there is always hope!

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  8. This is poignant and perceptive.

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  9. An excellent response Mish, I can well understand the loss of faith in this world. There is so much that beggars belief but I agree we have to see the possibilities and that all is not lost.

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  10. There is so much to make one lose faith in the world around us, but Hope springs Eternal!! Don’t give up…. Oh, for the days when children had to use their imaginations!
    dwight

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    • Thanks, Dwight. 🙂 My haibun is a bit dark, I admit. I will never truly give up hope, Dwight. I see it in the eyes of toddlers every day at work and try to instill all those wonderful things like creativity, imagination and nature.

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  11. Such lovely images in your piece! I love ‘counting freckles’ and ‘we traced the shape of the moon as the grass tickled our skin.’ Lovely, just lovely!

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  12. “He has lost His faith in us”. I don’t know, but I think how frustrated He must be. Sometimes I wonder if it was like this the day before it started to rain the first time. Social media and the information superhighway are like a flood, or like the tower of Babel

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  14. Technology is a good servant but a bad master. I do worry about how we will build relationships in the future. We were with some friends yesterday, and their son and his girlfriend showed us a video of their trip to South America. They said they saw loads of travellers sitting in cafes on their laptops, too busy sharing their experiences to really experience them.

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  15. A lot of hope in this. Great picture – other goes with your prose.
    I’d like to think God is long-suffering – or we’d be finished!

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  16. I can understand what you say when I look at the news and at what flies around certain parts of the ether. Away from this I see people with the same hopes and dreams, people who look out for each other and carry a pot of soup across the road when a neighbour is feeling poorly.

    Your lines ‘we collected shells on the beach until the sun nestled on the horizon. Clouds were clouds. Facial recognition meant nothing more than counting freckles’ are so beautiful and full of happy memories. I love that you keep faith in possibilities :o) xxx

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  17. Faith in possibilities is a good way to put it. I suppose that is hope. I like your seagull, and I’m trusting more follow him.

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  18. I think the power of visualisation is incredibly important. It is hard to lose faith in humanity and even in God. Personally I don’t see God as a him or a her but more as an energy. Looking at it that way it seems to me that if we put the energy in to change conditions (either in our own lives or globally) God, the universe, Source Energy or whatever you want to call it meets us halfway.

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