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May
08

too young to remember

OK…I was just doing some reading and came across something that apparently happened back when I was too young to care. In the late 1960s, a Harvard psychology professor took LSD, resigned his position [with some encouragement from the university], went to India, met a guru, and returned to write a popular book called Be Here Now [NY: Crown, 1971], whose central message was concisely summarized by the advice of its title. The key to happiness, fulfillment, and enlightenment, former professor Ram Dass argued, was to stop thinking so much about the future.

Dass was onto something significant. Of course, you don’t need to go to exotic lands waste time, money and brain cells smoking weed to conclude that an obsession on the future can ruin your day.

A long time ago, another non-Harvard teacher asserted the same basic idea without the aid of travel, cash and drugs.

Jesus said,

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
-Matthew 6:25-34

Interestingly enough….a few years after Dass published his book, the tide [in 1977] of opinion definitely turned away from his idea [and Jesus’ teaching] and adopted the message of Fleetwood Mac who said, “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.” Do you remember that song? It’s message seems to have stuck with our culture.

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