Sunday, May 29th, 2016
Ottawa Natural Wildlife Reserve, Ohio
Do You Speak English?
Uttama and I were trekking, rather enjoying a coolness after a fresh rainfall, which tends to draw out frogs galore. They are sensitive to the sound of our footsteps, and so their defense is: if you're not in the creek's water, then you will have to get in, "splash!"
We have been moving through a wetlands area. Lots of life apart from the frogs. We also came upon an atomic energy plant. For hours we were curious as to what this massive vat with smoke billowing out of it was - as we approached it. Then signage told all.
Around a bend on Highway 2 we met a motorist who wanted to share but was unwilling to accept an exchange of words.
"Do you speak English?" asked the man with an accent.
He held up mini-versions of the New Testament.
"I already have a copy, thank you! We share a lot of the same values and principles. It's best to concentrate on similarities."
"No, but the difference is important. Jesus said there's only one way."
"That's enough, thank you. I hope you will enjoy the wall you have built up for yourself."
He continued to make a case for exclusiveness and made a remark about the inferiority of our ancient text 'Bhagavad-gita.'
"God bless you!" I said, and Uttama and I made our way west to stretch our trail.
May the Source be with you!