"For a long time I have held my peace, I have kept myself still and restrained myself; now I will cry out like a woman in labor, I will gasp and pant" (Is 42:14)

Day 32: A Meme on Sam McBratney’s and Anita Jeram's “Guess How Much I Love You?”™

ne responsible rabbit teaches a little rabbit what “social distancing” is all about. Little rabbit realises that after all it is an act of selfless love to care for one's beloved. Frederick Buechner writes and I quote, "You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you." On day thirty-two of the Season of Creation let us ponder with deep reverence for the life of each member of the homo sapiens living inside us. The cry of Sister Earth is equally the cry of one fellow human being. We are reminded of The Myth of Sisyphus (1942 philosophical essay by Albert Camus) that concludes with the lines: "The struggle itself... is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."

Sisyphus or Sisyphos (/ˈsɪsɪfəs/; Ancient Greek: Σίσυφος Sísyphos), a figure of Greek mythology, was the founder and king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth). He was condemned to repeat forever in Hades the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. We may find ourselves at times in the place of Sisyphus when we care for our common home only to see things rolling down again as if nothing happened. Pope Francis says, “Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning. No system can completely suppress our openness to what is good, true and beautiful. I appeal to everyone throughout the world not to forget this dignity which is ours. No one has the right to take it from us” (LS 205). Just as Sisyphus was able to sustain his mission no matter how absurd it may look, Pope Francis believes in the God-given capacity to sustain our small acts of carrying Sister Earth's boulders. As we carry already our own buolders in this present generation we are in fact doing it already for the future generations. How we are carrying them now will have both ripple and tsunami effects for all the generations of living organisms that are still to come. 8thWorker.us