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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Through the Looking Glass

In many ways, the world we live in has become unrecognizable to me when compared to the one, I grew up in.

Today, ridding our world of hatred and intolerance is being hailed as the only way forward. Ironically, we are being told the way to do this is to be hateful and intolerant of anyone who does not share our point of view. The urgency associated with this ideology is frightening.

I feel like I am living in “Wonderland”.

It seems as if I have gone “through the looking glass” just like Alice. Right now, everything is strange and different. In fact, at times I do not recognize my surroundings, the way people look and the things they are saying at all.

Many of our leaders and those in positions of authority appear confused and unhinged. They remind me of the “Mad Hatter” who wanted to do nothing but party and was disappointed with anyone who might be late or did not share his desire.

Then there are others who are more like the “White Rabbit”, running around frantically trying to change the very fabric of our nation and world we live in before it is too late.

Will there ever be a return to any semblance of normalcy is a question we must ask ourselves. If not, we may all become like the “Cheshire Cat”, who smokes his pipe and disappears leaving only his smile as he goes.

To make sense of the uncertainty regarding who we are, the way forward may only be possible if we can become small enough to fit through the door or large enough to strike fear in those who would seek to lead us astray.

The absurdity of this side of the looking glass is so many people seem to prefer things this way. A means to achieve an end is the mindset we see from those who like the “Queen of Hearts” are shouting “off with their heads” when they do not get their way.

Where we go from here is uncertain to say the least. But one thing we can be certain of, is if we cannot get back “through the looking glass” soon, we never will.

In the end, we each decide which side of the looking glass we want to live on. But we must hurry as we contemplate this choice, because if our lives are left to the “Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts”, we may see everything as an opportunity to party and ultimately lose our heads!

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him”.

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