By Aaron Aroriza:
“To err is human…” is perhaps the truest idiom we humans ever came up with. And to be excited about a new year can definitely only be human. I don't know any other creature in God's beautiful world that could exhibit such excitement over a mere change in figures on an 'artificial' calendar. I've certainly never seen any other creature in my entire life wish another creature a happy new year apart from a human being. But I'm only human and so I will wish you all a happy new year.
Not that I expect you to be happy throughout the year. No, of course you can't. We humans are incapable of sustained happiness. As matter of fact, we send even the few people who have almost achieved sustained happiness into lunatic asylums where we ensure they are put on treatment that should bring the reality of unhappiness back into their human lives. And we still hopelessly wish ourselves a happy new year every 'new year' even when we are aware, if we've read genesis, that God's purpose for us here on earth isn't exactly to be happy.
But how can you expect us to know better?! We are so full of ourselves that we think the whole world is ours to take. Most other animals must watch in utter bemusement as we go about celebrating the New Year. Every other creature knows only the change in season should be – if ever we thought there was need for change and a new beginning – celebrated. Not the change in numbers on an unnatural chart. But we are only human.
Yet our excitement and expectation of new things and new beginnings as a result of a mere change in numbers is just the least of our irrational behaviors. We are just simply full of it. Look at nature and you might think we are aliens here.
Oh dear God, maybe we are aliens after all. Mango trees don't eat their mangoes. They know their purpose is to provide mangoes to nurture others in nature. Cows don't give all their milk to their calves. They willingly – okay, not so gladly – let man milk them. Rivers flow freely bringing water to us, gravity keeps us grounded, the air provides us with free oxygen, the sun gives us free light and heat… Even lions, which nature has placed at the top of the food chain, become a meal for the vultures when they die. But man – even in his death – doesn't want to harmonize with nature. He wants to be buried in his most unnatural robes, well placed in an overly decorated hardwood timber coffin surrounded by an extravagant concrete lined tomb. Even in death, we humans don't want to give back to nature any part of what we took from it. But you know what? We are just human.
Human enough (did someone say to err is human) to think ourselves gods. Eh, but aren't we? Again nature must watch in awe. God, when He meant for birds to fly across oceans put navigation systems in their brains. He installed and instilled amazing nest building skills in birds that needed them. God armed trees with leaf shedding skills so they could survive the dry season. Ants have the anthill building skills inbuilt. Everything nature needed so importantly, God had it inbuilt. Yet when it came to ‘His word’-the most important thing to man from God's perspective – God put it in man’s hands, not in every man’s brain – or so the missionary would have us believe as they gladly helped their masters colonize our 'dark continent'. Amazing – huh?
But it's the calendar to which I'm so grateful. Without it I would never have the chance to wish all of you a happy new year. And if there is anyone who finds these illusions too delusional, aberrational hence finding it hard to forgive the writer's perceived insolence, it would do that person good remembering that “…to forgive is divine.”
And we just simply aren't divine; we are God's perfect humans and just like we've already affirmed it ourselves – something we might want to keep in mind this New Year, “to err is human, and to forgive is divine”.
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