Below is a letter I had published in the November/December 2015 issue of Kindred Spirit following the article On ‘The Hobbit: Cassie Martin takes a spiritual view of this modern classic’:
‘Further to ‘The Hobbit’ article that I wrote in the July/Aug issue, a chance remark from a friend – ‘It’s just like today’ – made me wonder whether comparisons can be drawn between Tolkien’s book and what is happening in the world today?
Thorin was besieged in his mountain by the different peoples asking for their rightful share of The Treasure, in other words, the Earth’s riches. It could be said that Europe/The West has taken more than its fair share of the world’s wealth, and that this is why they are being besieged by many peoples who want a share of the peace and prosperity they see there. In fact, the greatest consumer of them all, the USA, is also under siege from Mexico for similar reasons.
When Smaug thinks the people of Lake Town are challenging his position and are after his treasure, he takes revenge by setting fire to their town and making them homeless. The Elves take pity on their plight and help to build homes on the shore in time for winter. This is beginning to sound familiar isn’t it? Other tyrants around the world have taken similar destructive action against their own people – in Zimbabwe, Libya, Egypt and now Syria.
But here’s the rub. Tyranny and greed are destroyed with the slaying of the Mighty Dragon: the army of Orcs that threatens the civilised world is utterly vanquished. Finally, the world’s wealth can be fairly distributed amongst everyone. Then, and only then, is peace restored.’
I also played with a further paragraph but it was too late to submit:
‘Tyranny and greed will only disappear when humans fully accept themselves as they are. We need to accept the fact that we are all made up of light and dark. Everyone is capable of great good or great evil. In one of Robert Light’s talks something astonishing was revealed. When people try to be good and then slip up, the pendulum, unnaturally bent over to one side as the person tries so hard to be all good, will then arc all the way round to the other side showing you how powerful is that swing of negative energy. The middle way is the answer of course, as many know, to remain balanced, accept ourselves as we are – our weaknesses, our failures – not judging, or giving up, loving ourselves. As has been said before, the world is but the outer expression of what we are within.’