(who knew that a post about a mouse in the house would set off such emotions?!?!?! see the 2 previous entries, and comments, to understand why i am posting this.)
jambaloney and i have very strong beliefs. in a bunch of different things. some are religious, some are spiritual and some are karmic. some we believe are just common sense. oh i am opening up a can of worms - i just know it.
jambaloney's beliefs are a combination of beliefs that were developed by himself, his family, his environment, his culture, his religion and his own personal instinct until the age of 35. my beliefs were developed by me, my family, my environment, my culture, my religion and my own personal instinct until the age of 30. and then we met, fell in love, shared our beliefs...and have been developing our own belief system together for the past 11 years.
we read the Bible. we are both intelligent, educated and trained in using logic, rationale, common sense and intuition. we both understand creationism and the big bang. there are some things that we both instinctively feel that neither of us can describe using human language. we felt this so many times in our years before we met, but after we met - oh wow! and then back in our old house in the city, laying together in our beautiful yard, holding hands, feeling the sun, staring for hours together at grass growing - well, whoa! and here at the Manor, there are days down at the river, after having a dip and laying on our blanket with the sun beating down on us to dry us off...and we look at each other and we know. we both believe very much in Our Father, His Son Jesus Christ - Our Lord and Saviour...and we both truly believe that we have been touched by, and felt, the presence of The Holy Spirit in our lives.
we subscribe to no one religion and only like the good parts in all of them. we have discussed and studied many. we are not new-age - although some new-age belief systems could be applied to our way of thinking. we try our best to practice our beliefs every day. i am a trained linguist and can truly understand the beauty in the words "be" and "live". beliefs are "be-lives", and beliefs are only truly yours if you "be what you live", or "live what you be".
i might be scaring off many of you right now whose beliefs may not exactly correspond to ours. that is not the point of this post. i don't ever want to mislead any of you into wrongly believing that we believe the way that you believe. i don't want to misrepresent us in a way that makes you think that we believe a certain way - and then shock you when you find out that we don't. i want for you to be comfortable here and know that we always try to tell the truth and be honest - those are two things that we strongly believe in.
we strongly believe that The Ten Commandments, regardless of your professed religion, are not bad words to live by. and we try very hard to "be" and "live" them. we feel that The Ten Commandments are good words to try and live by on a daily basis. we feel this very strongly...both of us...and jambaloney was a professed agnostic until i met him. i struggled with my beliefs all through my teen years and it wasn't until my mid-twenties that i was able to fully understand and marry what my heart and soul felt to what my mind constantly re-examined.
back to The Ten Commandments. good words to live by, we believe. you can believe what you want - that is your choice and i am really not trying to get Biblical on anyone. all i want to point out is that we take The Ten Commandments very seriously.
"Thou shalt not kill"
oh crap - here we go. i honestly look forward to everyone's opinion. after having read our Bible, using our logic and ration, discussing together in depth about what this means - we came to a conclusion together. it means we shouldn't kill. anything. period. unless after the Noachite Dispensation - oh scaring off a ton of you here, eh? - except to eat (and please note that we are not Fundamentalist Christians, either. i just studied with a glorious FC for over a year and loved every minute of it. i have studied with Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, the LDS and was baptized in the Salvation Army. i'm just trying to give you some background here!). we believe that you don't kill anything unless it is for your sustenance, your survival. things eat things. all things eat things to survive. jambaloney fishes - but no longer uses live bait. jambaloney hunts. and we pray that he brings down a deer next year in the most humane manner possible - by knowing how to use his weapon and using it humanely. we know that the tomatoes we grow are living things created by Our Lord...and we know that by pulling them off of the vine and eating them - that we are killing them. sometimes you cut open a pepper and inside are millions of seeds...all babies. we kill them to sustain ourselves.
we don't kill anything unless we plan to eat it. that is how we interpret "Thou shalt not kill".
in a SHTF situation, or Armageddon if you will, i guess we will be in a full-out survival situation and what we kill to eat may change. we accept that. but for right now, we save every creature that we can - flies, gnats, mosquitoes, rodents, etc., who end up trapped in our house. yep - we are very new-agey. ya, we are. but no, we are not.
if a fly is in the house, jambaloney and i go to great pains to catch it and release it. same thing goes for a grasshopper, an ant or a mouse.
our beliefs are very strong and very intricate and very detailed. i welcome all of your comments, both positive or negative, but i just wanted to share some of our belief system, especially the part that pertains to saving creatures. so that we wouldn't ever misrepresent ourselves to any of you...we always want to be honest.
i hope that you now understand why we, because of our beliefs, never pull grass out of the ground for fun, never swat mosquitoes, never use traps or live bait, and always try to save every living creature that comes into our house, not by their own volition, but maybe because barrel caught them, traumatized them and brought them home for our approval. mice and rodents and insects find themselves in our home accidentally...and this is just one way that we try to live up to our belief in The Ten Commandments.
if i have offended any of you, our friends, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
we are not trying to convert anyone, nor are we trying to press our beliefs on to any of you. we just ask that you respect what we believe after reading why we believe the way that we do. we believe in respecting all life, as we believe that all life was created by Our Father.
and after all of this hulla-balloo, there seems only one thing that would be appropriate to say -
Peace Out, Yo!