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Rated: 13+ · Book · Nature · #1439094
Look around. Let Nature nurture your Soul. I record images I sense and share them here.
#1016032 added August 23, 2021 at 8:33pm
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Gold
I told Joy:

"Gold. Very little will combine with the noble metal. Very offish, in my humble opinion. Thankfully we are carbon based, less pure but also much more complicated and interesting and much more flexible than its cousin silicon which is what [Artificial Intelligence] is based upon."

Gold Properties:

Gold conducts heat and electricity. ...
Gold is ductile: It can be drawn out into the thinnest wire. ...
Gold is highly reflective of heat and light. ...
Gold is malleable, so it can be flattened into extremely thin sheets.
Gold is prized for its beauty. ...


How are humans like gold then?

Do we conduct love [heat] and emotion [electricity]. Do we conduct our inner being by speech and touch.

Are we capable of being stretched like a wire [ductile] to cover distance and time. Is our essence never reduced to nothing.

We reflect what's around us. But the void reflects nothing. Do we reflect goodness [heat and light] when it is present?

Can we be fashioned [malleable] into something useful knowing that no matter how thin we may seem or become our essence remains intact.

Are my metaphors too suspect?

Are we beautiful? Are we prized? Do we feel that our humanity falls short somehow. We are carbon-based life forms after-all. But what about our souls?

I think this quote from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (23 May 1844 – 28 November 1921) may be comforting:

"Be thou not sad, neither be thou unhappy; although the divine tests are violent, yet are they conducive to the life of the soul and the heart. The more often the pure gold is thrown into the furnace of test, the greater will become its purity and brilliancy and it will acquire a new splendor and brightness. I hope that thou art thyself in such a position."


         ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 302-303

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