I can trust a Universe that creates a flower.

Recently I got a slick, well produced 4-page mailer from an organization that wanted to lead me and my family through the turbulent times ahead. What times you ask? The end of this year 2012, which the Mayan calendar declares is the “end times.” What was interesting is that this organization was Christian Bible based, so I doubt they believe in the pagan prophecies of the Mayans, but they were willing to ride the wave of fear many of us have about “end time” predictions.

This blog is not to put down anyone’s beliefs, Mayan, Christian, or all those in between. Instead I want to offer a bit of evolutionary perspective on all of this. As human beings developed many thousands of years ago and evolved through much trial and error, pessimism became hard wired into the oldest part of our brain. Optimists took more chances, didn’t “play it safe,” and were eaten by predators. Pessimists believed there was “something out there” that would get them and took more precautions.

We are predisposed to seeing the dark cloud more than the sun that shines behind it. As a result, we (human beings) can quickly jump on the “Oh ain’t it awful” bandwagon.

Well, my job as a minister is to remember and remind all of us that the sun still shines!

I’m not sure who first said it, but I go by the philosophy “I can trust a Universe that creates a flower.”

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama