Monday, 11 February 2008

Beauty and cruelty

Down in the depths of the ocean - unseen by (most) human eyes - teeming life unfolds with amazing beauty. A flatworm - swimming by in startling scarlet. A tiny crustacean with its minute crystaline beauty - multiplied millions of times. Seen only under a microscope. The odd one in a billion making it into obscure scientific books. The overwhelming mass living their perfectly formed lives in the darkness of the see.

And so many more - unseen except for the eyes of God.

But above ground and in the company of humans so much of the beauty seems to evaporate. The utter cruelty and depravation that so many undergo as part of their daily lives defies belief. How is it that humans - whose bodies are beautiful and astounding at so many different levels - choose such squalor of relationships? We do not need to be sent into prison like Samson bound - we have already gouged out our own eyes.

How merciful of our Father God not to just put an end to our whole sorry lot at once - while and continuing to enjoy the splendours of the unseen world under rock and wave.

When I look into the night sky and see the work of your fingers, the moon and stars suspended in space, oh what is man that you are mindful of him?

1 comment:

  1. So is it a flatworm (Platyhelminthes) or a Crustacean (Arthropoda). Perhaps the Pseudotsuga menzezeii confused all of your Animalia classification schemes?

    (Ah, the days of Oregon timber and forests). All jesting aside, indeed, sometimes the beauty is overwhelming. Like the sky this evening that took my breath away. . .