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Pride and Talent – Oscar E V Fernando

Oscar Fernando

Talent! The special skill, aptitude or ability,
That can touch the conscience: may end in eventual vanity.
Vanity caused human race to fall from paradise.
Vanity it is that dulls man’s talent in so sudden a surprise.

The disciples asked-who among-st us is first?
With all wise leanings on love and charity, they had a thirst
To test their own human pride for want of humility.
But alas, God’s priority is to test one’s humble ability.

Fame finds its way to those with latent talent.
Talent is God given-fame is man given.
Be grateful to humankind for fame so gladly lent.
Behold! With ingratitude-mankind from Paradise was indeed driven.

Conceit! Self given was the first onslaught by the eager Ego.
Eating the apple, they earned that doomed downfall.
Ego it is that causes conceit to follow,
The talented to its sad end; and human race to its destined fall.

Oscar E V Fernando

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FLOW WITH THE TIDE-REACH THE SHORE – by Oscar E V Fernando

Oscar Fernando

Inevitable situations unable to avoid, certain to happen,

Have to be accepted in normal fashion.

They cannot be otherwise-we have our choice,

To accept and adjust or rebel in a nervous heist.

 

Be willing to have it so to avoid consequences of misfortune

As first step on the road to recoup in a way that is opportune

Accept fate but certainly not be fatalistic

As taking the road to recovery is fantastic.

                          

 Neither cry for the moon nor over spilt milk

That has gone down the drain collecting all filth

Circumstances do not decide our happiness

But our reactions to circumstances make all the difference.

 

Kingdom of heaven is within you and so is the kingdom of hell

Either is determined by Your Free Will used well.

Two men looked out from prison bars-one saw mud the other stars.

You have the choice to accept inevitable and look above for stars.

 

Nothing in life is beyond endurance-in any case you endure

Now or shortly after and that is the meaning of life for sure

This does not mean that you must give up and be a recluse

Look around for opportunities to overcome the inevitable deluge

 

If we rail and kick against the inevitable and grow bitter

If Inevitable not accepted We will change-not for the better

Refuse to accept inevitable-turn nights into a hell of insomnia

After self-torture you accept what you had to accept-now-with no mania

 

(There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures-William Shakespeare)

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Barque of Peter – by Oscar E V Fernando

Oscar Fernando

Old Testament Bible-Old as the Hills-or perhaps Oldest-foretold the Christ that came.

Yes, He came: showed His Divinity at age so tender-among teachers of fame.

Lived, Died and Rose to be the subject of Abuse, Disputes Prose and Poetry.

Lived to divulge his Divinity and Initiate a Church on Rock, for Posterity.

Wisdom prompted-nothing human survives with no ‘Corporate Entity’

He Anointed-on Pentecost Day, Mary His Mother and a Body to Rule-with those following him devoutly.

He taught heavenly virtues in parables-no written letter to Rhyme,

And left The Barque of Peter, a Sailing Boat, to PREACH The WORD and Rule over Space and Time.

With Holy Spirit to Guide and no scripted word to read- preached Love and Forgiveness-crisscrossing seas-

To a world so cruel-that worshiped Idol gods and nailed humans hands and feet.

No tooth for tooth as of old but Love-preached to souls fertile,

With space and lapse of time-the Scripted and Inspired Bible-thereafter-was Divinely Styled.

The Barque of Peter-a Sailing Boat- where the Gates of Hell will not prevail-

Is now the Ship with Captain Crew and Passengers with none to derail!

Not Barque-Jet Flights take Pope from Roam to preach the WORD  

To a world lost in a Babble of Tongs Freely Interpreting God’s Word and forming own church

The Caravan, Captain and crew carrying Magisterium, Tradition and Scripture now moving on undeterred-

With sounds of hounds heard around-sounds as old as the Barque of Peter

But Oh! The sounds of hounds alas will cease-if Peter’s Barque Interred-

This behold-will not happen as Gates will not Prevail on this Church or Barque of Peter!

Pity is not that those on rafts around the ship will not be saved by the Just God!

It is that those with frenzied readings may further Split and Blunt the Communal Soul saved by God

Not penetrating deeper into Moralities such as Abortion, Euthanasia- ET AL

Studied in Magisterium guided by Spirit-Tradition and Scripture to end World’s Despair

Yes! That sound so loud! Turmoil-Turmoil on the Ageless Barque!

Know Yea-Satan was closest to Jesus in the Dessert while on Fast

Satan is closest to the Eternal Barque with Anointed though Fallen Man

Amidst Empires of Ancient Power and Fame, Barque of Peter Survived with with One Hierarchy of Man!

Oscar E V Fernando

 

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TRUTH by Oscar E V Fernando

Oscar Fernando

Truth! Verity of all Verities; Illusive to the curious mind, so finely tuned.
That Lost Chord in the Symphony, we search from the womb to the tomb.
The Artist, Scientist, Philosopher, Meditator search with efforts futile,
Sees perfection; says eureka; until, others destroy it with their own guile.

We say we know the truth: do we know the heart of human kind?
Judge not, you will never know it hidden in the depth of human mind.
Cast the first stone, the one who hath not sinned,
For how would ye know that this woman sinned?

Judgment is mine said He, for only I know the truth.
Why do you try to judge, unless your own heart belies a truth?
For I am the Way, the Life and the Truth; you leave that judgment to me.
Mind your own task with diligence and do it well to satisfy both you and me.

Picasso, Da’Vinci, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Marx Lenin, Freud Junge,
Mona Lisa, Last Supper, works galore, Moon, Mars, searched with fine tune. Invention? Discovery? Voyage seeking the Lost Chord-that Illusive Existing Truth,
Searched by restless souls, till they rest again in that Everlasting Truth.

More we know of a subject, we are aware how little we know of it?
Can the creature with his puny mind, analyze the Mind of Him who created it?
Why spend much time wasted, because you could not find all of it.
Live Life, serving all on this voyage of truth, and do your own little bit.

Remember Augustine searching for truth walking the beach?
Saw a child trying to empty the ocean into a hole with a shell on that beach.
Thought he; I am trying to decipher Truth; that same impossible task?
Emptied restlessness, accepting Truth, continued to walk that Saintly Path.

Truth! Thou elude us, we try to grasp thee with Mind Body and Soul.
You play hide and seek; we glimpse, not clasp your Vision Pure.

Truth Illusive! We only opine; as this is merely a view held as probable!

Live-and grasp at voyage’s end, the splendor of the Truth Most Admirable!

Oscar E V Fernando

 

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Spirituality to Materialism to Spirituality – By Oscar E V Fernando

Oscar Fernando

 

Church and bible treasured as gold

Tendered the fields and farms in peaceful flow

With morning prayers and breakfast fill

The tools and lunch they went to till

With Fall of man no perfection to behold

Disparity there was with poor and rich with gold

Greed set in and the gap got wide

Frustration and anger brought revolution worldwide

Accumulation through greed and discoveries untold

Brought in the magic called industrial revolution to behold

Spiritless work were the norms that lead to more wealth

Systems developed to protect the wealth and keep the health

With more competition and greed the evening bell receded to toll

To gather folks in homes for spirit to unfold

Crushed by the ever fast lane of that new god of Industry

The world of spirit hauled under the rubble of indecency

  

The world so became fast materialistic with fall in values of spirituality

The youth so lost with the material gains of industry

Looked far beyond for that lost spirituality

And finds it with the mendicant monks in the monastery

The west that began with the bible, church and God

Was so frenzied with wealth and power banned the word God

Now the clock that turned back is ticking forward to seek the same God

With all that’s eloquent in songs books and videos spelling out the name of God

The more that’s read in modern thoughts in eloquence and style

The more is read of those values ancient that was under the rubble all the while

The world with the youth is seen walking back on the path of spirit

To churches and temples to dip into the ancient reservoir of Divine Spirit

Away from annoyed nature with global warming, floods tornadoes and human vengeance

The silent call by god is so loud and clear that it bangs the ears with a message in a tangence

Signs so clear that humanity will after the lesson get back to that that Golden Vision of Splendor

That keeps the Universe in much harmony to those that live in Spirit close to that grandeur.

Oscar E V Fernando

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Missive by OEVF – An Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Dead Brilliant!!

Oscar Fernando

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

– Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
– Why the early bird gets the worm; 
– Life isn’t always fair;
– And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, 
-by his parents, Truth and Trust, 
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepchildren; 
– I Know My Rights 
– I Want It Now
– Someone Else Is To Blame
– I’m A Victim
– Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. 
If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing

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The Sky Gets Dark, Slowly (a Missive sent in by Oscar E V Fernando)

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Mao Dun literary prize winner Zhou Daxin’s latest novel to be published, “The Sky Gets Dark, Slowly”, is a sensitive exploration of old age and the complex, hidden emotional worlds of the elderly in a  rapidly ageing population.

In it he writes, “…Many elderly speak as though they know everything, but of old age they are in fact as ignorant as children. Many elderly are in fact, completely unprepared for what they are to face when it comes to getting old and the road that lays ahead of them.

In the time between a person turning 60 years old, as they begin to age, right until all the lights go out and the sky gets dark, there are some situations to keep in mind, so that you will be prepared for what is to come, and you will not panic.

1.

The people by your side will only continue to grow smaller in number. People in your parents’ and grandparents’ generation have largely all left, whilst many your peers will increasingly find it harder to look after themselves, and the younger generations will all be busy with their own lives. Even your wife or husband may depart earlier than you, or than you would expect, and what might then come are days of emptiness. You will have to learn how to live alone, and to enjoy and embrace solitude.

2.

Society will care less and less for you. No matter how glorious your previous career was or how famous you were, ageing will always transform you into a regular old man and old lady. The spotlight no longer shines on you, and you have to learn to contend with standing quietly in one corner, to admire and appreciate the hubbub and views that come after you, and you must overcome the urge to be envious or grumble.

3.

The road ahead will be rocky and full of precarity. Fractures, cardio-vascular blockages, brain atrophy, cancer… these are all possible guests that could pay you a visit any time, and you would not be able to turn them away. You will have to live with illness and ailments, to view them as friends, even; do not fantasise about stable, quiet days without any trouble in your body. Maintaining a positive mentality and get appropriate, adequate exercise is your duty, and you have to encourage yourself to keep at it consistently.

4.

Prepare for bed-bound life, a return to the infant state. Our mothers brought us into this world on a bed, and after a journey of twists and turns and a life of struggle, we return to our starting point – the bed – and to the state of having to be looked after by others. The only difference being, where we once had our mothers to care for us, when we prepare to leave, we may not have our kin to look after us. Even if we have kin, their care may never come close to that of your mother’s; you will, more likely than not, be cared for by nursing staff who bear zero relation to you, wearing smiles on their faces all whilst carrying weariness and boredom in their hearts. Lay still and don’t be difficult; remember to be grateful.

5.

There will be many swindlers and scammers along the way. Many of them know that the elderly have lots of savings, and will endlessly be thinking of ways to cheat them of their money: through scam phone calls, text messages, mail, food and product samples, get-rich-quick schemes, products for longevity or enlightenment… basically, all they want is to get all the money. Beware, and be careful, hold your money close to you. A fool and his money are soon parted, so spend your pennies wisely.

Before the sky gets dark, the last stretches of life’s journey will gradually get dimmer and dimmer; naturally, it will be harder to see the path ahead that you are treading towards, and it will be harder to keep going forward. As such, upon turning 60, it would do us all well to see life for what it is, to cherish what we have, to enjoy life whilst we can, and to not take on society’s troubles or your children’s and grandchildren’s affairs on for yourself. Stay humble, don’t act superior on account of your own age and talk down to others – this will hurt yourself as much as it will hurt others. As we get older, all the better should we be able to understand what respect is and what it counts for. In these later days of your lives, you have to understand what it means, to let go of your attachments, to mentally prepare yourself. The way of nature is the way of life; go with its flow, and live with equanimity.

*******For all of us, a nice read, very beautiful, very true …. !

Hardly the day started and …  it is already six o’clock in the evening.

Barely arrived on Monday and it’s already  Friday.

… and the month is almost over.

… and the year is almost up.

… and already 50 or 60 or 70 years of our lives have passed.

… and we realize that we lost our parents, friends.

and we realize that it is too late to go back …

So …  Let’s try  to take full advantage of the time we have left …

Let’s not stop looking for activities that we like …

Let’s put color in our greyness …

Let’s smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.

And yet, we must continue to enjoy serenely the time that remains.

Let’s try to eliminate the “after” …

I do it after …

I will say after …

I will think about it after …

We leave everything for ‘later’ as if “after” was ours.

Because what we do not understand is that:

after,  the coffee cools …

after,  priorities change …

after,  the charm is broken …

after,  health passes …

after,  the children grow up …

after,  the parents get older …

after,  the promises are forgotten …

after,  the day becomes the night …

after,  life ends …

And all that afters, we find it’s often too late ….

So …  leave nothing for ‘later’ …

Because in always waiting for later, we can lose the best moments, the best experiences, the best friends, the best family …

The day is today … The moment is now …

We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone until tomorrow what needs to be done right away.

So let’s see if you’ll have time to read this message and then share it.

Or maybe you’ll leave it for … “later” …

And you will not share it “ever” ….

Even share with those who are not yet “seniors”.

May you be well and happy

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Euthanasia – By Oscar E V Fernando

Oscar Fernando

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Image Source:-St David’s Cathedral

Euthanasia is defined as an act or practice of ending the life of a person who is suffering from an incurable and often painful or distressing illness-in ‘a gentle and easy death’

On the other hand, suicide is defined as an instance of killing oneself deliberately.

Science, medically and otherwise has developed rapidly-but has it given a place to morality in this fast pace of material development?

Some say this and some say that!

It is worth considering whether all medical advancements help humanity;

·      If they treat people as objects

·      If applied only to-people who are not considered a burden and therefore deserve to be helped.

·      If it is based on the utilitarian view of a person-who becomes useless: a set of values based on the belief that an action is morally right only if it benefits the majority of people

·      If equated with a cost

·      If medically considered of no improvement

·      If in pain that could no longer be avoided.

·      That only the common good should be considered.

·      If they focus only of illness but not on the patient to be cared for.

·      If technology is not for service of people without reducing them to things

·      If they distinguish between who still deserves to be cured and who does not because they are a burden to be thrown awa

Arguments for euthanasia:

·      allowing people to ‘die with dignity’ is kinder than forcing them to continue their lives with suffering.

·      that every patient has a right to choose when to die.

·      belief that euthanasia can be safely regulated by government legislation

Arguments against euthanasia

·      Alternative treatments are available, such as palliative care and hospices. We do not have to kill the patient to kill the symptoms.  Nearly all pain can be relieved.

·      There is no ‘right’ to be killed and there are real dangers of ‘slippery slopes’. Opening the doors to voluntary euthanasia could lead to non-voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, by giving doctors the power to decide when a patient’s life is not worth living. 

·      In the Netherlands in 1990 around 1,000 patients were killed without their request.

·      We could never truly control it. Reports from the Netherlands, where euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are legal, reveal that doctors do not always report it.

·      The assumption that patients should have a right to die would impose on doctors a duty to kill, thus restricting the autonomy of the doctor. 

·      The ‘right to die’ for some people might well become a ‘duty to die’ by others, particularly those who are vulnerable or dependent upon others.

A Religious view point is as follows;

·      accompany patients throughout their illness

·      provide palliative care and hospice, which will help contribute to “a culture and practices more attentive to the value of every person.

·      instead of encouraging euthanasia, to warn persons not to be discouraged by lack of understanding by modernist thought to take the easy way out.

·      concentrate on technological improvements in prevention of diseases like cancer by regular tests and healthy habits.

·      “The best and truest prevention, in fact, is a healthy environment and a lifestyle that respects the human body” and how it works, and for this by living in places with lesser stress avoiding major city centers, that subject the body to constant stress” because of their fast-paced lifestyle and exposure to pollutants.

·      take care of the natural world, “our common home which we have to respect so that it respects us back.

·      Safeguard the environment and the fight against tumors and other maladies then become two sides of the same problem, two complementary aspects of the same battle.

There is also a strong religious belief that a human being created by the Almighty Creator in His image and Likeness should not be killed by another-debated though!

Above is only a tip of the ‘Iceberg-Euthanasia’

Readers can delve further into the subject on internet or otherwise.

The interest of the writer is to point out the visible chaos in the world-also debatable-and to ponder whether a look into the face of morality is worth the while!

Oscar E V Fernando

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Seeking truth in the Fallen World – by Oscar E V Fernando

World full of turmoil and grief-we see no end-no perfection.
Seek and seek for truth-truth eludes us in grand design.
Exasperated, we curse the Vast Creation
Look around and blame Creators Omniscient Vision.

Seems so true when a child born deformed we see suffering
Wars-wars-no end-with no surrender
In logic-no explanation-cry out with justified grieving
And blame the Creator for such continued blunder,

Some would see futility in seeking whole Truth
With no surrender-some would reel with the search
With search no end-unshaven beard-they end recluse
Thoughts unresolved-fingers with logic moved on same search

Only Creator would know the end of his search
Take Augustine-searched for Truth-saw the child-
Trying Empty ocean to the hole she dug in fervent faith
Augustine Embraced faith-earned doctorate-releasing futile logic of that same child

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Servant Leadership – New wine in Old Wine-skin –
By Oscar E.V. Fernando

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Oscar FernandoServant Leadership (SL) is a term, coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in his essay on SL first published in 1970, on propounding a corporate management technique: it says the leader should be affectionately considerate to his subordinate-who in turn will cause a ripple effect.

Much waters have flown under the bridge since the Dickensian cruelty to children in the then newly opened factories with the industrial revolution.

Following are highlights of the SL theory;

  • A leader should be a person that workers can relate to
  • priority is to serve rather than to command
    to ensure success and power to the employee.
  • to appreciate that a servant can become a leader only if the leader is first a servant to his subordinate.
  • Such behavior of a leader must result in workers becoming healthier and wiser with self-improvement and eventually possessing the traits of Servant Leaders themselves.

Several other authors have expanded on the theory and said the 10 characteristics of SL are;

  • Listening,
  • Empathy,
  • healing,
  • awareness,
  • persuasion,
  • conceptualization,
  • foresight, stewardship,
  • commitment to the growth of others, and building a community
  • Servant Leaders are individuals of character who put people first and are skilled communicators, compassionate collaborators, use foresight, be system thinkers and exercise moral authority.

Teachings on the concept of kindness and love towards one’s subordinates were prevalent in ancient society too, though sometimes accompanied in practice by evident severe cruelty to servants and slaves.

Ancient texts have passages akin to SL by philosophers like Lao Tzu and Confucius of early China.

In the Old Testament Bible, as old as the hills there are passages about the intrinsic love within human beings. It also foretells the coming of a Messiah to save mankind who though created in love had turned cruel over the years due to variously disputed reasons. 

Does it not reveal how long this very natural norm of love and affection had been lost sight of with the struggle for higher profit in business- thoughts that have been lying buried under the rubble of modernist thinking?

One such teaching that comes down the ages from the Old Testament in the Bible is the command to: Love God; Neighbor; Self.

The Messiah, foretold in the Old Testament, also preached the same love specifically by word of mouth and lived it practically in his life and death.

Here is a passages bearing on Servant Leadership in the New Testament Bible centuries before 1970:

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them – not so with you – instead whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.”

Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many-showing this servility by washing the feet of his disciples! 

This voice of nearly 2,000 years ago still vibrates from the present Leader of this group Pope Francis, who says: “Lead from the heart and then from the head. Lead to serve. Leaders’ power does not reside in being right but in being real. Bring hope, equality and opportunity to those who have little.”

People long for leaders who put the interests of others ahead of their own, who are willing to do what is right above what is easy or politically expedient, and who are not afraid to lay their reputation on the line for a cause and a vision that is vastly bigger than themselves.

Now after years of denial, a new theory has to be propounded and further research has to be done to revive it?

This commandment of love is what rings throughout in the New Testament Bible. Curiously; this is also what is highlighted by modern writers and singers such as Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Eckert Tolle, Greenleaf, Jim Reeves, the singer and many others who by eloquent and modern emphasis on love have written and sung for the immense benefit of our present day society!

Do we not see that the theory of Servant Leadership conforms to the earlier and the later independent teachings of religious leaders and the Ancient Church, and that it is new wine in an old wine skin – now commercially packaged appealingly for the benefit of society!?



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