Jubilee

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A – Z Challenge – Day 10

Spreading Joy, Offering Release

I don’t know about you, but it seems high time that we consider embracing the idea of celebrating a Jubilee.

The concept of universal pardon and forgiveness seems like a really good idea right about now.

Perhaps we should carefully consider letting ourselves off the hook, forgiving debts, opening hearts and doors, and freeing ourselves from the shackles of the stresses of modern life. Perhaps we should embrace wild celebration, remembering at long last the joy of simply being alive.

Jubilee historically offered just that: respite and relief.

In defining what Jubilee traditionally means, Wikipedia states, “In Judaism and Christianity, the concept of the Jubilee is a special year of remission of sins and universal pardon. In the Biblical book of Leviticus, a Jubilee year is mentioned to occur every fiftieth year, in which slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest.”

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What Might Happen?

What would happen if all debt was erased, all doors opened, and all those in bondage were freed?

Would the world stop turning?

Not likely. If debt was cancelled, it would simply mean that everyone previously bound by the status quo would have the freedom to suddenly make radically different choices.

Iceland had the right idea after the financial crisis of 2009. Instead of punishing its citizens for the actions of corrupt politicians and national and international bankers, it fired them all; then it indicted, tried and jailed the guilty; started a new national bank, and forgave all debt. Six years later, Iceland’s economy thrives. Regular people sought out the political and civic offices previously held by the elite. The country is in better shape than it was before the crisis.

And the sky didn’t fall.

The people took on their own power, refusing to believe any longer in the story they’d been told about how the world works.

I’ve Seen That Movie, Too.

Clearly, the way things are going is not the way they should be. Our actions and interactions should enhance life on earth, not destroy it.

We cannot continue to buy into the collective nightmare we’ve been sold. It is a sham.

I want a world with clean air and water. I want a world where babies are not ingesting petrochemicals when they breast feed. I want a world without Frankenfood. I want to know that if I serve chicken to my family, that that particular bird was not tortured for the entirety of its all too short life.

These are just a few examples of the wrong turns society took over the last fifty years.

Time for Jubilee

It is not too late to change course.

This world is the ‘collective movie’ our subconscious and conscious minds project onto it. If we change ourselves, if we become visionaries and dreamers instead of slaves and worker bees, the movie we see will inevitably and drastically change overnight.

We have so much power. We can tell ourselves a new story.

We can do anything. Even this.

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Jubilee written and sung by Mary Chapin Carpenter at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=937sByt9M4E

© 2014  Shavawn M. Berry All rights reserved

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2 thoughts on “Jubilee

  1. Jubilee! I love that word. Makes me think of Margaret Walker’s book. Anyway, this is so the spirit of my ‘J’ today! I’m gonna stop being surprised. I love this…but then I love all you write. Do you get tired of me saying that? 🙂

    1. It is always nice to know that what I write matters to someone out there, so no. I never get tired of hearing that. It makes me feel like I am not alone in my quest to listen to and witness all this change.

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