16 November 2022
Behaving as If
the Life in All Things Matters
live in an era when personal expression has become an every day matter
of interest, discussion and media attention. Let’s list a few examples:
• MeToo Movement: Freedom from sexual assault and harassment.
• Reproductive Rights: Women’s rights over their bodies and choices around pregnancy.
• Gender Identity: LGBTQ people rights of expression, and even the rights of children to change their sex.
• Black Lives Matters: Safety from discrimination and freedom from abuse by people with guns and sometimes badges.
Personal Apparel Protests: The right to dress as one wishes at the
center of demonstrations now in Iran where women are abused and
imprisoned if they break dress codes.
• Animal Rights: Protection for animals from human abuse, particularly in regard to medical research and hunting.
shouldn’t forget to add Sovereign Rights which are at stake in Ukraine
where that country is fighting to maintain its homeland and borders
about this broad and expanding topic brings to mind a book written many
years ago by Machaelle Small Wright. Behaving as if the God in All Life
Matter is an excellent book which among other things tries to place
humanity into co-creative respect to other kingdoms and the planet as a
to add a few layers to the topic and Ms. Wright’s thinking on the
subject. You see, each of us might admit that ALL LIFE MATTERS. In
general, we might think and say so. At the same time, many of us may
harbor the belief the some life is more significant, valuable than
who are we to say one way or the other? What part do we have to play in
the creation and re-creation of any life forms?
You might object quickly: “I have mothered (or fathered) children. So, I am a creator in a way.”
respond by quoting words of the great poet Kahlil Gibran: “Your
children are not your children, but the sons and daughters of life’s
longing for itself.” Think about it.
Ultimately, all of us are Matters of the Greater Life in which we live.
“No man is an island entire of self;
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”
(John Donne, 1572-1631)
So, let’s survey the Bigger Picture – or try to.
• All human lives matter – regardless of sex, color, race, creed, etc. Most certainly.
animal lives matter. And not just dogs, cats and horses. The animal
kingdom is a part and organ of the whole. Each species plays a part in
its kingdom and in the the greater scenario of planetary existence.
Choose an animal – and you surely can come up a reason that its life
lives matter. It is easier to recognize that the presence of plants
upon the planet is vital even from a limited science view. (Plant and
Planet are quite related even in spelling.) We know, plants provide
food, fodder, shelter, etc. They also and probably more importantly
take our carbon dioxide and liberate oxygen for us to breathe.
that’s not all. Soil, dirt, rocks, ore, stones, metals, etc. support
plant and animal life and then the rest of us. But, you might object
that minerals are not alive.
say, every thing is alive. Motion is considered the basis of life – and
the tiniest fleck of dirt is in motion. Electrons race around nuclei in
all physical forms at fantastic speeds. That we don’t fully understand
the dense-appearing life of earth is quite irrelevant. All things are
alive. Every thing lives. The ancients knew this fact, like primitive
people in the present time.
Moreover, life is not limited to visible things or beings. Really? Really!
life moves physically bodies, tissues, cells and atoms. There are
dimensions beyond scientific capture and measurement in which
non-physical things live and move and have their being beyond our
general awareness. They have been known for eons, but our materialistic
preoccupations distance our thinking and perceptions to a large degree
from subtler worlds. That trend will change, someday.
So, there are many, many other lives which can be discussed, though not proven or validated to physical eyes.
and Devas have vast importance in the broad scheme of life and our
earthly lives. Regardless of our limited awareness of the finery of
their existence, we will one day recognize the angelic kingdom as our
Cloud of Witnesses are those who have passed through the human kingdom
should also attract our interest and reverence. These beings have
crossed through physical experience manifold times, perfected their
natures, and advanced into subtle dimensions which require no physical
bodies. They, to a greater or lesser degree, run the affairs of Planet
Earth and Planets beyond number fill the universe. Like our own
cells do in our bodily frames, they populate the physical form of the
Universe. Planet Earth - sometimes called Gaia or Terra - is the Bodily
Temple of a living, vital, spirit Being.
here with our enumeration of lives, but to say that the universe is
filled with life. Even so-called vacuums contain substantial beings and
So, dare we repeat All Lives Matter. All Matter is sustained by Lives hidden as well as obvious.
Respect and cooperation is due to every thing in and around us. Let us be reminded regularly to Behave as if the Life in All Things Matters.
“For everything that lives is holy.”
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