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THE STORY OF THE STRICKEN EARTH AND THE CHRISTIAN

(based on a parable that Jesus told)

The Earth was minding its own business, travelling elliptically around the sun as it had done for billions of years, when it was set upon by some human beings. They pumped poisons into the Earth, the rivers and the seas, and the sky. They heedlessly and avariciously used its many resources, often destroying each other while progressively decimating their fellow earthly creatures – the fish in the sea, the birds of the sky, the wild animals, all the reptiles that crawl upon the earth, the plants of the plains, mountains, forests and jungles, and the tiny creepy-crawlies that helped the plants to reproduce.

The Earth became feverish and very ill.

One Christian heard about the situation. “The end times are coming!”, he or she said, and passed by on the other side.

Another Christian read about the situation. “God will keep me and my family safe. We will pray!”, and passed by on the other side.

“Fake news!”, snorted another Christian, turning away.

“Forgive me, O Lord, for I and all my household are sinners!”, cried another Christian and passed out completely on the spot.

The Earth’s fever was accelerating to the point of no return.

Which of those Christians was a friend to the Earth?

Where is a good Samaritan when you need one? What would a good Samaritan do?

Warhorses

In the latter part of 2021, it was clear to me that I had lost in D major. All D major pieces sounded in E flat major from the start. This also applied in the Christmas period to the standard carols Joy to the World and The First Nowell. So I was very surprised this evening when watching the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year’s Day concert when that old warhorse, the Blue Danube waltz, was in its unequivocal D major start and finish. Clearly, some warhorses are more deeply ingrained than others.

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