“I see trees of green, red roses too”
“I see them bloom for me and you”
“And I think to myself what a wonderful world”  Songwriters: George Douglas / George David Weiss / Bob Thiele

The great evil in this world does not disprove the existence of God but rather affirms it. 

Money Bag photoMany people look at the great evil in this world and say that it proves that God doesn’t exist. After all there is so much pain and suffering caused by great wickedness. People perish in war, babies starve to death, the list of atrocities is very long. But if we just obeyed one simple command “Do unto others as you would have done to yourself” then ninety percent of our problems would vanish. There would be no more war, starvation, crime, so much would be cured.

I take the idea that we can do better in this world as a launching point to discuss mental illness. So I ask you ‘What is important in life?’

The world, which is harsh and cruel focuses on carnal mammon. This is especially true of European society. Both capitalism and Marxism, the rivaling philosophies that contradict one another are both equally void of spirituality. In the United States one is gauged by the size of their paycheck, the amount in their bank account and how prestigious one’s job is.

I will be bold and say that such people are wrong. In fact not only are they wrong but those who advocate such things are both wicked and evil. There is nothing wrong with working hard and enjoying the ‘good things’ in life. But when one’s goal and emphasis is material things one has fallen into a trap. They are worshiping the created rather than the Creator.

What we should value is kindness, loyalty, giving, compassion, sensitivity, and above all love. People who live with mental illness tend to be richer in what really is important in this world.

I think back to the time when I was working with an engineering company. The man who ran the company was very cold and calculating. He really didn’t want to bother in any talk outside of business. I would try my best to be friendly. To say hello and  be nice. But it was always business, business, business. I recall how he would chastise one of the engineers “I don’t care if it ever gets built, as long as we get paid.”

The worst thing the owner of the company did to me occurred when I was making a delivery to Jersey City, a route which was a busy highway. On the way back my car broke down on the highway. I called up the owner and I told him my car had broken down. The first words out of his mouth were “I guess you didn’t make the delivery”. I don’t mind him asking me that, but first see if I’m alright.

Anyway one day the owner started a discussion with me. He was returning from a meeting at Atlantic City on a snowy and icy day. The car in front of him suddenly spun on the road and crashed into the barrier. The owner relayed this story from me with great dismay. The question then being was why out of all the events that happened to him did he chose to relay to me this one experience. I believe that he felt at that moment his own vulnerability and mortality. The idea that he wasn’t going to live for ever, and that he could die at any time troubled him. In grasping a glimpse of the big picture he saw the folly of his way, if but for a moment.

This world has the potential of being a fantastic place. I hope that one day it will be. But in order to do so we must work collectively to build the society that we need. There are two conflicting long term visions. The one follows the simple mantra of ‘look out for number one’. Those who have followed this philosophy have sacrificed others for their selfish wants. The others who want to leave their children and all that follow something better are a rare breed.

So much of mental illness is caused by being caught up in this conflict of what life is really about. I stand with the dreamers, trying to build a wonderful world, how about you?

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