In this picture is both life and death. The rotting fly and the numerous newly hatched spiders that surround it. It is not a pretty sight, but it is real and it is what life is about.
Not all of life is beautiful and sometimes it is ugly, just like the rotting fly caught in the spider’s web. Without a life and death comparative where is life’s meaning and where is its wonder. Where there is new life there is death waiting, threatening and menacing. To always focus on one or the other is unhealthy, we all need to have a balanced view. Yes that means looking at the ugly side of life from time to time.
There is benefit in remembering your mortality.
In the words of the Christian Ash Wednesday liturgy.
“Remember man that you are dust, and unto dust you will return.”
Something to consider today.
There are always at least two viewpoints for every conflict and neither may be justified. I will not rejoice over the death of any person, whoever they are, whether it is seen to be “justified” or not.
In the Old Testament of the Bible in the book of Proverbs 24:17 – 18 we are given a clear warning
Death is never a celebration. I am horrified by what I have seen recently on the news of a fallen terrorist leader. Death is never the answer to conflict and in killing the process of conflict is fueled.
I urge caution and respect to all on both sides of this conflict. At all times exercise restraint except in love, forgiveness and mercy.