Ritual is both a blessing and a curse –

A blessing ‘cause it makes order of chaos,

a curse ‘cause it fosters chaos of order.

The blessing treats us all as equals,

without regard for worldly status,

granting access to the common good.

The curse thwarts personal expression,

and therefore shuns creativity,

promoting ennui of the masses.

Ritual supports harmony and calmness –

It certainly cannot sustain all for one,

and cannot possibly command one for all.

Fitting ritual encourages

the participation of equals

in heartfelt personal expression.

Fruitful ritual acknowledges

all are welcome apart from status

and stimulates creativity.

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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