Queen of Light took her bow
And then she turned to go,
The Prince of Peace embraced the gloom
And walked the night alone.
— Led Zeppelin
Today, as you read this in the paper, it is Election Day. If you’ve been living in a cave you might’ve missed that. There has been a lot of spin coming at us from all directions:
This Election Day has the hopes and fears of all the years — to coin a phrase — pinned on it. The fate of the Whole World, Existence of the Earth its very self, hangs in the balance.
Well, not really.
Not that you shouldn’t vote — I sure am — but the fact of the matter is that whoever is President of the United States isn’t going to make as much difference as you might think.
We are pawns — or perhaps just bystanders — in a battle being fought among giants. Sometimes I feel like Baby Groot in the opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy II.
To be more serious, the Apostle Paul said: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Led Zeppelin said: “The Skies are filled with good and bad, and mortals never know.”
What I am saying, in my probably over-dramatic way, is that the truth of what is done by our leaders is far beyond our reach. What is the Truth? What’s a Cover-up?
I just don’t know and I feel like the means to find out are beyond my grasp.
I worried about it a lot. I’ve cared about it a lot. But I’ve gotten tired of being angry all the time. It’s time for me to quit worrying about saving the world and begin working on saving my soul.
That’s probably over-dramatic too.
What can I do?
As I cannot save the world, I can try to become a better person. And this is not limited to me, it is something anybody can do. The great thing about this is that the worse you are now, the more opportunity you have to improve yourself.
When I was a boy, it was normal for people to throw trash out of the window of the car as we went driving down the road. That is unthinkable to me now. However, I still see trash along the side of the road.
If you are doing something like that and you want to really improve the world, you can stop. It’s a small thing, but it’s a thing you can do.
Another thing, which isn’t so small, actually, is to get to know yourself. Think about what you do and why you do it. Have a talk with yourself about it or have a trusted friend you can talk about it with. Figure out what you are feeling and why you are feeling it. Just knowing can sometimes help.
Once you get a measure of control over your inner demons, it opens up a new world about making yourself a better person. If you make yourself a better person, guess what, you’ve made a better world because you are part of the world.
Bobby Winters, a native of Harden City, Oklahoma, blogs at redneckmath.blogspot.com and okieinexile.blogspot.com. He invites you to “like” the National Association of Lawn Mowers on Facebook.