Although as a Christian I do not for one second believe the depiction of Heaven and Hell as depicted in the following e-mail I recently received is anywhere near true, I do like the mind set behind this e-mail in that it shows that everything we come across in life, has its good side and it is bad side and it is how we respond to it that determines whether we see it as good or bad. Well that's how I see it. How do you see the following tale?
”A Holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, 'Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'
The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell.'
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew, which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The holy man said, 'I don't understand.' It is simple,' said the Lord. 'It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.'
Again whilst I totally reject this pictureation of both heaven and Hell, I do acknowledge that we can make things easier or harder on ourselves in this life, depending on how we look at things.
If we, like the first group are always looking after ourselves first, then we are often going to find ourselves suffering for it, too, just like the first group.
However if we accept that no man (or women) is an island and that we both need each other and need to look after each other, then we will nearly always do far better that if we try and do things on our own. What say you? Forget about heaven and Hell for a moment and think about the here and now and whether you are making this life easier or harder, both for yourself and for others, through your greed or generosity in regard to other fellow life travellers? Over to you for now for your say.