The Return of Frank Calloway, Chapter 8 of 11
The Full Use of Our Senses, and the Water Canopy
NOTE: This is a fictional account. It is based somewhat unloosely on future prophesied events and promised conditions, as clearly as I can imagine them unfolding and being realized. It will be interesting to one day compare these prognostications of mine to how far off I was in some of my ruminations, and possibly how close I was with certain others. It is written in first person, with Frank Calloway as the protagonist. See Chapter 1 (there’s a link to it at the bottom) for more information.
When we stroll through this paradise earth, all our senses are stimulated. It’s very different from the old system, where we spent a lot of time driving or riding around in motorized vehicles, always in a hurry to get from home to work, or from work back home, or from here to there. Point A to point B, back to A, etc., etc. ad infinitum ad nauseam. The only pleasant stimulation we (sometimes) got from all of that was seeing the natural beauty that was visible at times out the window of the car, bus, train, or plane. Being encased in that bubble of steel, plastic, glass, and rubber, our other senses were dulled to what was outside. We couldn’t smell the flowers. In fact, because of the speed at which we raced along, to get to our job or to get some errand done, we were not really in a position to even notice the flowers — neither the literal nor the figurative ones. The sounds we heard were not birds singing, the wind in the willows, or the creek gurgling, but either the sound of tires on the road and the vehicle’s engine, or maybe some music we were playing (which, for the most part, we wouldn’t even want to listen to anymore, as it reflected that system’s Zeitgeist, one of angst and anger and disillusionment). We also prefer not to listen to the old stuff much anymore because music has greatly advanced (as have all the arts). What seemed spectacular then is sometimes ho-hum now: child’s play, so to speak.
Other senses that were absorbed by, or filtered out by, our vehicles were taste and touch. When we walk and give attention to our surroundings, we can touch and smell the plants and trees; pet the animals we come across (as they are all docile and willing to be approached); dip our hands or feet into the water that runs along many of the trails; taste the products of many of the trees and bushes we pass — fruit and nut trees abound, as do berry bushes, fields of strawberries and such. Instead of brief glimpses of beauty out the window, we are now completely immersed in the scene, and are even a part of it. We enjoy the full unfettered use of all of our senses all the time.
In the old system of things, our eyes were often assailed with scenes of ugliness and blight; our ears were set upon by bombastic, angry-sounding music, or the annoying squeals and grunts of mechanized monstrosities; our noses protested the acrid aromas produced by waste products, the exhalations of smoldering tobacco by slow-motion suicides who stuck stinky cylinders into their face and lit them on fire, polluting their lungs, their clothes, and their environs. There were other nauseating smells, too. Even our senses of touch and taste are far better satisfied now, as we no longer feel faux wood fixtures that may have looked appealing but were actually made of plastic or other unnatural materials; nor do we ingest foods that may appear pleasant to the eye but taste insipid due to the use of chemicals and misguided growing, harvesting, and shipping practices. Tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, peaches, and watermelons are just a few examples of foods that now, if anything, taste better than they look, rather than being disappointments.
Another thing that makes our sense of sight more enjoyable than ever before — besides the simple fact that there is ever more beauty to behold, the earth being gradually converted to a paradise everywhere, one that is constantly expanding and will eventually encompass the entire globe — is that Jehovah God has restored the water canopy that existed prior to it being converted to a deluge of rain during the Noachian flood. This has twofold benefits: first, less of the earth is covered by water, thus making more — and new — land available for exploration and habitation; and second, the canopy in the upper atmosphere diffuses the light enough so that we are flooded (so to say) with a constant ‘sweet light’; no longer are we blinded by a glaring sun. The canopy is not so thick that we can’t see where the sun stands in the sky, but is just thick enough so that sunlight is diffused, and we can safely look directly at the sun if we are of a mind to. The closest thing it can be compared to from the old system is how the light at dawn or sunset looked — but brighter.
Actually, let me add one final thought on my previous statement that now “less of the earth is covered by water”: The oceans are not as deep and wide as they were, and the water canopy that fell on the earth has risen back to its former place; yet although that’s true, there are more rivers and creeks than ever before, which greatly contributes to the making of the whole globe a paradise, both because those are beautiful features in and of themselves, and because those creeks and rivers foment the growth of luxuriant trees and provide water for irrigation of various crops. In fact, there are so many meandering creeks and connecting rivers that those who prefer paddling to walking or riding can easily get just about anywhere they want to go by canoe, kayak, or raft.
At any rate, no matter how we get where we’re going, it’s at such a pace as to be able to wallow in the wonders of the pristine conditions that surround us. And we never have to worry about any evildoers causing problems: We can go anywhere, any time — even sleep in the forests at night, as there are neither human nor animal predators to harm us. Parents don’t have to worry about their children when they are out of sight, even for hours or overnight — wherever they go, their children are looked after and returned to the family fold by the next day or so at the latest. Not the least of the benefits that accrue to us from this is the relief from stress for both the parents and the children. The natural life the children enjoy, exploring their surroundings in the abundance of true peace and total security, is priceless.
It was surprising, really, how quickly we all got accustomed to this drastic improvement in our circumstances — when we experience a change for the better, it’s easy to adapt. And besides: We were created for this type of life in the first place, so it’s only logical that it soon felt natural to us.
- To be continued tomorrow
Chapter 1 is here.
Chapter 9 is here.