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InvisibleRebelSteve33
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An Age-Old Argument
    #770513 - 07/23/02 01:53 PM (15 years, 2 days ago)

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Once, long, long ago...
Yet, somehow, not so very long...

When all the animals and rocks and winds and waters,
And trees and birds and fish,
And all the beings of the world could speak and understand one another...

There began an argument.

It began softly at first...

Quiet as the first breeze that whispered,
"He is a wind who is never still."
Quiet as the stone that answered,
"He is a great rock that never moves."
Gentle as the mountain that rumbled,
"God is a snowy peak, high above the clouds."
And the fish in the ocean that answered,
"God is a swimmer, in the dark blue depths of the sea."

"No," said the star...
"God is a twinkling and a shining, far, far away."
"No," replied the ant...
"God is a sand and a smell and a feeling, who is very, very close."

"God," insisted the antelope, "is a runner, swift and free, who loves to leap and race with the wind."
"She is a great tree," murmured the willow. "A part of the world, always growing, and always giving."

"You are wrong," argued the island. "God is separate, and apart."
"God is like the shining sun; far above all things," added the blue sky.
"No! He is a river, who flows through the very heart of things," thundered the waterfall.

"She is a hunter!" roared the lion.
"God is gentle," chirped the robin.
"He is powerful," growled the bear.

And the argument grew louder and louder and louder...
Until...

"Stop!"

A new voice spoke.
It rumbled loudly like thunder.
And it whispered softly, like butterfly sneezes.
The voice came from Old Turtle.
Old Turtle hardly ever said anything, and certainly never argued about God!
But now Old Turtle began to speak...

"God is indeed deep," she said, to the fish in the sea.
"And much higher than high," she told the mountains.
"He is swift, and free as the wind. And still and solid as a great rock," she said to the breezes and stones.
"She is the life of the world," Turtle said to the willow...
"Always close-by, yet beyond the farthest, twinkling light," she told the ant and the star.
"God is gentle, and powerful. Above all things, and within all things. God is all that we dream of, and all that we seek," said Old Turtle.
"All that we come from, and all that we can find."
"God is."

Old Turtle had never said so much before.
All the beings of the world were surprised, and became very quiet.
But Old Turtle had one more thing to say:

"There will soon be a new family of beings in the world," she said.
"They will be strange, and wonderful. They will be reminders of all that God is. They will come in many colors and shapes, with different faces and different ways of speaking. Their thoughts will soar to the skies, but their feet will walk the earth. They will possess many powers. They will be strong, yet tender. A message of love from God to the earth, and a prayer from the earth back to God."

And the people came...

But the people forgot.

They forgot that they were a message of love and a prayer from the earth.
And they began to argue...
About who knew God, and who did not.
And where God was and was not.
And whether God was or was not.

And often, the people misused their powers and hurt one another.
Or killed one another.

And they hurt the earth.

Until finally, even the forests began to die.
And the rivers, and the oceans...
The plants and the animals...
And the earth itself.

Because the people could not remember who they were,
Or where God was.

Until one day there came a voice...
Like the growling of thunder, but as soft as butterfly sneezes.

"Please, stop!"

The voice seemed to come from the mountain, who rumbled:
"Sometimes I see God swimming, in the dark blue depths of the sea."
And from the ocean, who sighed:
"He is often among the snow capped peaks, reflecting the sun."
From the stone, who said:
"I sometimes feel Her breath, as She blows by."
And from the breeze, who whispered:
"I feel His still presence, as I dance among the rocks."
And the star declared,
"God is very close."
And the island added,
"His love touches everything."

And after a long, lonesome, and scary time...
The people listened, and began to hear, and to see God in one another...
And in the beauty of all the earth.

And Old Turtle smiled.
And so, did God

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I have begun to hear, and to listen. Have you?

-RebelSteve


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #770650 - 07/23/02 02:53 PM (15 years, 2 days ago)

I have.


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #771191 - 07/23/02 06:51 PM (15 years, 2 days ago)

Very nice.

Cheers,


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #771286 - 07/23/02 07:24 PM (15 years, 2 days ago)

i impressed braa.


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #771825 - 07/23/02 10:39 PM (15 years, 2 days ago)

thats pretty bad ass rebel.


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: chemkid]
    #773983 - 07/24/02 06:34 PM (15 years, 1 day ago)

Thanks guys! I appreciate your comments, but as much as I'd like to take the credit for this; I must admit that I didn't write it!
I just thought it was a wonderful piece of writing and deserved to be posted in a forum dedicated to spirituality and philosophy


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #774354 - 07/24/02 08:39 PM (15 years, 1 day ago)

bravo yo


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #774704 - 07/25/02 12:01 AM (15 years, 1 day ago)

thats very cool.. do you know who wrote it?


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: Amoeba665]
    #830721 - 08/20/02 04:54 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

In reply to:

thats very cool.. do you know who wrote it?




I just came across the CD case for the CD that this was on today when I was cleaning up! It is actually called "Old Turtle" and was written by Douglas Wood.

Here's some other info:

Recorded by arrangement with Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers.
"An enchanting fable for children and adults, promoting deeper understandings of the earth and all beings who inhabit it."
Available from Pfeifer-Hamilton by calling 1-800-247-6789.

There are a few other great stories on the CD that this was on. It is called "A Planet With One Mind: Stories from around the world for the child within us all" and was produced by Mike Pinder.

There's also a number for "One Step Records" on here where you might be able to order it from... It's 1-800-770-9292.

I only paid a dollar for the CD at some record exchange store in Pittsburgh, and it was a dollar well spent!


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Re: An Age-Old Argument [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #1158806 - 12/20/02 07:41 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

*bump* :smile:

I just really like this little story and wanted some of the newer members here to see it as well.  Hope you don't mind!  :grin:

-RebelSteve 


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