All good things are wild and free.

Someone asked for my perspective on the increasing out-migration of our people. My response was typical — They’re out looking for a better life economically, avoiding conflict and doing as much as they can  to beat the the fast-coming  poverty.  Poverty is about not having enough money to meet basic needs including food, clothing and shelter. And SIUKANG that’s KILLING US.  Poverty is more, much more than just not having enough money.  Are they hungry for freedom and peace? In the most basic need in bring human is individuating starting at age two and pretty much done at age 14-15. Our culture oppresses individuation.

I’m projecting here but I truly believe that they are looking for a space to breathe, and finding freedom of the mind and soul. In other words, they’re UNHAPPY.  They see that life can be more than what they see. They see that the world is changing. It’s ubiquitous– finding freedom in a new era. We, human beings, were created with freedom woven into every fiber of our being. 

This morning I was reminded of one more thing that enslaves us.  Actually it’s suffocating us,- the unsolicited advise on every front, every subject under the sun. It seems everyone is struck by the effect of Dunning-Kruger …no matter how informed or experienced we are, everyone has areas in which they are uninformed and incompetent. You might be smart and skilled in many areas, but no one is an expert at everything. Once we get it, we open ourselves to learn from unexpected people, places, and things.

Those who leave this small island nation have dreams and visions for themselves and their children. They’re looking for a place where they feel free to roam, to breathe and to discover themselves and the world around them without too much interference. It’s hard to dream in a noisy room. Irs dangerous to drive with a passenger driver.  It’s a peaceful joy to be around people who are content, not bitter. 

We need to teach our children to appreciate themselves and not feel the need for competition and comparison. Just compare yourself with who you were  yesterday. Don’t look to the greener grass across the street and go on a war to destroy your neighbor.  Di beltau el mesa blim ma mekeskesem, stand your ground and press on. The person across the street thinks your grass is greener, anyway.

This is what drives people away subconsciously:– A metmut ma kikaid a meses el mesaod er kau ma bechim ma rengelkem ma delengcheklem. A chomelaes a ma telulechoid a metacherbesul –a neon sign of a toxic environment. Very toxic and contemptuously oppressive.

Now to him who is able to keep us from stumbling and to present ourselves blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever.

Amen.

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