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Religion Column

October 27, 2012

The beauty of decay is often overlooked

While raking leaves on a sprawling lawn in the hamlet of Treadwell last week, I had plenty of time to ponder decay. 

Not particularly a bright and breezy topic, decay does have its benefits. 

A walk through the woods would be dreadfully impossible if all the ever-falling leaves didn’t decay. Moreover, science says that decaying leaves produce acids that dissolve rock, so just think, a gazillion years from now there may be fewer rocks in upstate New York ground. But what I really admitted that day while raking was that in my short lifespan, I’ve actually had certain thoughts and thought processes decay. New thought processes have sprouted, making life better.

A thought process is defined as the process of using our mind to consider something carefully. A thought process can be used to solve a problem, or decide what to make for dinner, or understand spirituality. Oddly, there are as many thought processes as there are people — or leaves.

Have you ever been confused when someone else is talking? Has the thinking in your head driven you bananas? Have you ever had a peaceful moment? These results come from different thought processes.

Thought processes have a premise and a conclusion. Many of us can reach the same conclusion via different premises. Great leaders and thinkers, although coming from diverse backgrounds and faiths, have concluded that love is the ultimate substance and humanity has the ability to deal with one another with empathy. They’ve proven it, too.

Also noteworthy is, many of us reach different conclusions even when we have the same premise. This is because, during the thought process, ulterior motives, fear, or unoriginal ideas interject. Divine Science, the study of spirit and life experiences, can help keep the thought process clear — help reduce mistakes. 

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