From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be.”

Always a poignant song, no matter the numbers of years since its release. Simon and Garfunkel’s  Sparrow

Who will love a little Sparrow?
Who’s traveled far and cries for rest?
“Not I,” said the Oak Tree,
“I won’t share my branches with
no sparrow’s nest,
And my blanket of leaves won’t warm
her cold breast.”

Who will love a little Sparrow
And who will speak a kindly word?
“Not I,” said the Swan,
“The entire idea is utterly absurd,
I’d be laughed at and scorned if the
other Swans heard.”

Who will take pity in his heart,
And who will feed a starving sparrow?
“Not I,” said the Golden Wheat,
“I would if I could but I cannot I know,
I need all my grain to prosper and grow.”

Who will love a little Sparrow?
Will no one write her eulogy?
“I will,” said the Earth,
“For all I’ve created returns unto me,
From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be.”

Could it have been sung, said any clearer? The existentialist might end with “all man’s purposes come to naught in death” In any event, the Eastern orientation of life seems to be much more accepting and preparatory for death. The Western version of life is to escape death, including the appearance of aging. It is frequently said that we are a society which does not honor its elders. As I approach elderhood, I would like to be honored, respected and cared for. I apologize to my elders for any neglect I may have visited upon them as a result of my brash indifference to age, wisdom and maturation.

Back to the song. I reiterate how poignant this song was and is. A call to observe the behavior and excuses of those who would neglect they that have needs. I am reminded of what Fats Dominoe said “I hear you knockin’
But you can’t come in
I hear you knockin’
Go back where you been”

So how shall I treat my fellow-man. Shall I be guided by the Golden Rule? Or is it a karmic awareness that be my compass? Or is it kill or be killed? Is it true as some theologians and philosophers say, that without a fear of hell or karma that there is no moral compulsion to do good? Your thoughts?

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