Blowing In the Wind
“Our deeds are as thistledown launched upon the wind. We know not whence the winds of chance will bear them, or whether they will take root or be borne away, as though they never were. Our works are as edifices of mud built upon the river banks, which are swept away by the rising waters. The one certain thing in life is change.
“Men make plans. They are as naught, they are as words written on the waters, as commands given to the winds. Wise is he who knows the Plans of God, for to them the whole Earth conforms.
“Men cry out at the tribulations of life, not knowing that by adversity alone can they find their souls. They say ‘Why are we beset with trial and tribulation?’ for they cannot understand the contest. They say, ‘Why must we seek and never find?” knowing not that life is naught but a search and at the end man can discover nothing except man.
“O Man, gaze well upon the Earth. See, it is not by its nature a place of labor and not a garden of pleasure, or a panderer to your weaknesses? Truth is found in the Book of Life, but it may be understood just by degrees. For who among men receiving the whole would not be overwhelmed or destroyed?” ~The Kolbrin Bible (MAN:12:1-4)
Thistledown in the Wind
Many of us are not familiar with thistledown, but we are familiar with dandelions and their down, and that is an equivalent. We know how dandelion down can blow all over in the slightest breeze. As children, we probably delighted in blowing the down off a dandelion head and watching it float away. But what the Kolbrin Bible is talking about here is a more negative kind of blowing in the wind.
When plants like thistle and dandelion produce down, they want it to blow around. It is how they propagate and spread. Those bits of fluff each have a tiny seed attached to it and where it lands, a new plant will likely grow. But when the plans and deeds of men blow away in the wind, literally or figuratively, it is generally not a good thing, especially to the person whose deed or plan it was.
If you spent years building a house as close to your dreams as the building technology allowed, only to have it torn apart in a tornado, you will not be happy. In fact, many have become so depressed under such circumstances that they commit suicide. A less dramatic, but still difficult, example is the person who spent several years in a college or trade school studying a specific trade that they liked and that paid well, only to find soon after graduation that new technology has made that skill obsolete. Another form of seeing your life blowing in the wind like thistledown. Continue reading “Blowing in the Wind: Deeds and Plans of Fools”