Friday, January 9, 2009

one little pink flower

"patience is to human nature what photosynthesis is to nature." --Neal A. Maxwell

huh. this requires some deconstructing. according to wikipedia (aka my life-fount of knowledge), photosynthesis=a metabolic pathway that converts light energy into chemical energy. Its initial substrates are carbon dioxide and water; the energy source is light; and the end-products are oxygen and (energy-containing) carbohydrates, such as sucrose, glucose or starch. This process is one of the most important biochemical pathways, since nearly all life on Earth either directly or indirectly depends on it as a source of energy.

then, patience=the pathway that converts light energy (knowledge, glory, intelligence (see D&C), perhaps even joy, enLIGHTenment, and love) into chemical energy. what is chemical energy? that upon which our life is sustained; the energy by which we grow and DO things. reworded: through our patience, the light of God is converted into our sustaining power. through patience, the light of God gives us energy to grow, to DO things, to become the little pink flower and make beautiful the small area surrounding where we have been planted (allusions&expansions of this last thought (note the bolds):

emerson: "no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till",

conor oberst: "I came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health. I said "there is nothing that I can do for you that you can't do for yourself." He said "Oh yes you can. Just hold my hand. I think that would help." So I sat with him a while and then I asked him how he felt. He said, "I think I'm cured. In fact, I'm sure. Thank you stranger, for your therapeutic smile." So that is how I learned the lesson that everyone is alone. And your eyes must do some raining if you are ever going to grow."

good friend: "everyone has a circle of influence. everytime we take a step, this circle changes. if i'm at my desk right now, i can't help that many people. I can smile and be nice to my coworkers and try to help them as much as possible. when i'm on the street, i may have the opportutnity to help more people out. maybe a quick conversation or a genuine smile will brighten up somebodies day. i can help as much as possible. i can hold a hand, just sit with that kid and look in his eyes and give him a change in his daily habit and a little help. when i'm in school, i can smile, brighten others days, do some service, and work damn hard so that one day i'll be able to broaden my influence. If i'm a millionaire, i can help so many people. i have the means to use my money to do things others can't do by themselves. if i'm a social worker, i have the authority and means to fix social problems. if i'm a teacher, i broaden the minds of kids so they are more aware of the world around them. the problem is that when we get complacent, we rot. when we want to see instant results, and they don't show up, we lose the drive to help others, and our influence shrinks til its just around us. and that makes somebody terribly depressed.").

implications?? if i am patient, then His perfect light--the knowledge and purposes that i do not understand because i am telestial, in the face of celestial light--will be transformed into something i can actually use. though the pure light is currently more than i can handle ("the light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us", "now we see through a glass darkly"), patience in God, trust in His divine intent will eventually enable me to grow such that the more complex forms i can process, i can understand. and then i will be more than a fragile plant, so transitory in the light of the divine Sun/Son--I will be able to see "face to face", to stand in His light and be able to take it (D&C about how you can't abide higher glories...). to absorb it in it's completeness, it's perfect state.

interesting, especially considering old beliefs about virtue--that it was the invisible force that pushes life-power through the roots, veins, leaves of plants. if patience is what converts God's light to a substance we can use, breaking it down, simplifying it into something our imperfect, chaotic [unrefined] bodies can process, then virtue is the force that carries that substance through us--the force that actually pushes us to higher forms (of growth, of complexity, of creation).

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