Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St. Clement’s
You owe me five farthings, say the bells of St. Martin’s
When will you pay me? say the bells of Old Bailey
When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch
When will that be? say the bells of Stepney
I do not know, says the great bell of Bow
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head.
Pancakes and fritter say the bells of St. Peter’s
Two sticks and an apple, say the bells of Whitechaple.
Old Father Baldpate, say the bells of Aldgate.
Pokers and tongs, say the bells of St. John’s.
Kettles and pans, say the bells of St. Ann’s.
Brickbats and tiles, say the great bells of St. Gile’s.
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
Here comes a candle to light you to bed.

Oranges are a sweet and delicious fruit, but lemons are frequently used to describe a bad situation. Even then, the making of lemonade is possible. From oranges and lemons to a chopper to chop off your head to brickbats and tiles. If you were on a journey and planning a route, you would definitely search for a detour at the oranges and lemons before experiencing the chopper and brickbats. However, living as a community doesn’t always provide detours unless we respond to sour situations in a fruitful way. Fruitful responses enable us to avoid the chopper of heads that lurks in the shadows.

In a sense, social fragmentation remains civil through the spirit of peace from one neighbor to the next as they attempted to avoid severe consequences. For example, when a stone is thrown into a flock of birds, the birds are fragmented and scattered as each one of them tweet and chirp their own tune. The birds are separated by the threat of the stone, but they are not attacking one another in the tweets of their displeasure. In the spirit of peace with the flock, they suffer the lemons with the oranges within their disarray. Likewise, when others seem extremely opposed to gatherings that unite through peace, joy, goodwill, and perseverance, we can still be civil in our physical responses even though fragmented in our verbal affections. In a way, this is our lemonade.

At times, we attend an event that should be delightful, but when all is said and done we proclaim how sour the experience was. Then, everyone chimes in with supportive agreement to note how destitute the experience turned out to be. Howbeit, a bully of sorts walks in with harsh dIfference to the conversation and physically harms one of the participants. In that event, everyone turns the conversation to a more unfruitful and brutal tone, but not hostile to one another. Then again, the bully walks in and all tongues begin to go silent, but the inner spirit of harmony is felt within the group. This is how the spiritual fruit works within our inner life to keep us cohesive when external tones and circumstances seem to be pulling everyone apart.

Some people are hostile to fruitful gatherings as they lust for dominance, they are jealous for dominion and have elitist doctrines. They thrive on people’s hatred, cruelty, and ill-will for one another to separate them from the power of love, kindness, and goodwill that fosters unification. For the choppers of heads and brickbat throwers, it is expedient that others immerse in the quagmire of harshness, aggression, and violence because the spirit of peace, meekness, and gentleness is a gathering of opposition against them. The spirit of optimism through the fruit of faith, joy, and goodness is their motivation to begin cutting off heads to induce despair, sadness, and evilness. They want to disheartened the family spirit by causing the desire to quit socializing, to become impatient with those who say “hi,” and to incite out of control behaviors with friendly people. Even so, it is the subtle fruit of patience, self-control, and perseverance that keeps us civil towards one another in times of cruel and terror stricken fragmentation. The lemonade is made from the spirituality of our inner life even when external factors are oppressive to physical signs of cohesion.

The intent of the head choppers and brickbat throwers is to put you to bed spiritually. Our inner life relates to pleasant experiences as being fruitful, but regards sour experiences to be unproductive. For example, things we put into the body can affect our attitude in a fruitful or unfruitful way. If we eat food that we expect to be familiar to our taste buds but is quite odd tasting, then we will quinge on the inside with unfruitful sentiments about the food. Likewise, drinking something that is negatively different then anticipated would put your inner fruitfulness in jeopardy. This is the same for the oxygen you breathe when you anticipate fresh air but all around is second hand smoke blowing in your face. Then there is the hour of sleep when all through the night are disturbances to keep you awake and unrejuvenated. Furthermore, th ere is the time of elimination when you become more constipated by all the racket in the stall next to you, or the commotion right outside the bathroom door. All of those incidents affect physical health and spiritual attitudes so we search for ways to avoid the negative and unfruitful experiences. Those negative experiences also put to bed the inner attitudes of the spiritual fruit. In that light, everyone begins to talk about how negatively health is being affected, but in the course of that “lemonade” type of fellowship comes the chopper of heads and brickbat throwers to silence the conversation. In that case, the community begins to talk about brutality to a well intended fellowship, which in the process silences the flow of fruitful comfort from person to person. Then again comes the “light to put you to bed.” As the spiritual fruit flows from our inner life to give comfort and pleasure to one another, some people become more and more out of control and impatient with the perseverance of those who welcome fruitful inner qualities. They want the general population to quit feeling comfort and pleasure from within , but the community continues to endure hardship through self-control and patience. In essence, within all the physical and spiritual desolation, there is still peace from neighbor to neighbor through an inner endurance.

The intent of the head choppers and brickbat throwers is to put your inner regulatory functions to bed. If we think our physical life is in danger, then we might consider forsaking spiritual qualities, but at the same time we realize that inner tranquility makes peace with one another. In this light, we might talk about how harsh, aggressive, and cruel various entities are to people coming together from peaceful intent. In fact, the discussion would involve the physical harm that came to a proponent of serene harmony. The conversation would even involve the disturbances in homes of those who lost a dearly beloved person of peace to violence. In continuance, the talk of the people would include the chaotic nature of the attitudes of the community.

Even that “oranges and lemons” fellowship draws the attention of the head choppers and brickbat throwers to intimidate the people with fear to dismantle their civil resolve. The general population begins to think that any trace of peaceful intent is met with violence. Their ability to regulate their inner life with a meek and gentle spirit of peace is being put to bed. Even then, they realize how chaotic their community would be if anger, dispute, and violence was all that exist within. As the people continue to live in peace within their fragmented agony, the head choppers and brickbat throwers return to disturb the residual tranquility that continues to live. Amidst harsh and cruel reactions from powerful entities, the people refuse to engage in physical assault against one another. That is because the spirit of meekness, gentleness, and peace is eternal in them and won’t be put to bed. We allow our inner life to be regulated with fruitful attitudes of peace to prohibit hostilities with one another, even when entities intend to intimidate us with loss of life.

The intent of the head choppers and brickbat throwers is to put the tenderness of your inner life to bed. Our internal softness is the source of our devotion, sensitivities, and charitable contributions to a civil population of people. When the tenderness within us is put to bed we become hardened and calloused to social exchanges. As those we are devoted to become victims of cruel and hatecul acts of ill-will we begin to express our tears to friends. When our friends seem to disappear or somehow become unreachable we begin to express our tears to those of benovolent acts. When those of charitable deeds are no longer able to help then words become focused on the social atrocities. Within this “oranges and lemons” fellowship returns the head choppers and brickbat throwers to further fragment, desensitize, and harden the general population. From there, the social interactions express their outrage in more calloused attitudes over the intolerance, exclusion, sensual abuses, and unaccepting nature of head choppers and brickbat throwers. Even then, there is still social harmony amidst the fragmentation as the community is unwilling to be cruel to one another. Then again comes those who chop off heads and throw brickbats and tiles with the intent to exterminate the eternal spirit of cohesion. In the most anti-social of times, we keep an inner sense of compassion through the spirit of love goodwillill, and kindness. That underlying spirituality is what makes the difference between tolerance during fragmentation, and total sociall upheaval where neighbors kill neighbors and family members kill family members. In very difficult times, we maintain the tenderness of tolerance, love, sensual intimacy, acceptance, and compassionate belonging.

The intent of those who chop off heads and throw brickbats is to put you to bed relating to the 5th Element.The 5th Element is the part of our universe that supersedes the four seasons of fall, winter, spring, and summer. The 5th Element also supersedes the four elements of earth, ice, water, and fire. When we should be falling from spiritual grace as we become cold and icy towards humanity, there is an unexplainable source that keeps us warm and stimulated through spiritual fruit. That unexplainable element is the universal deity that the head choppers and brickbat throwers oppose and attempt to intimidate us away from. They want to sour us against the divine inner workings by establishing the belief that they can desolate our inner fruitfulness. However, even in our fragmentation the universal deity is alive in us, it is unexplainable because it supersedes human nature. Human nature is to feel terror and to submit to physical intimidation, but the 5th Element gives us unexplainable peace. It might be common in our human flesh to succumb to murderous intent to preserve our own life, but the universal deity keeps a reverence for the sanctity of life alive in us. In very severe cases, we always maintain awareness of the supernatural ability of the 5th Element. In that case, an optimism remains in us with the seed of positive energy.Within a world of “oranges and lemons” the divine presence of our soul fills us with spiritual fruit, peace, life, reverence, and faith.

The intent of the head choppers and brickbat throwers is to put you to bed referring to the stimulation of positive energy. The ability to become what we really desire as social human beings requires a self-expression that stimulates interaction. Needless to say, chopping off heads and throwing brickbats are not methods that inspire people to self-actualize through warm energy in words and deeds. Even then, it’s the non-verbal self-expression that enables the people to refrain from harmful interaction while being threatened with violence. The oranges are the good fruit of joy, goodness, and faith, but the lemons consist of despair, pessimism, and evilness. Within the oranges and lemons there is enough positive energy of inner life to self-actualize as a social person by refraining from hurtful words and deeds. Meanwhile, the head choppers and brickbat throwers will always be filled with negative energy in opposition to the light that stimulates a growing community fellowship. It is the optimism within our non-verbal expression that keeps the hope of our future alive.

We can assess that through good fruit of our inner life there is constructive sentiments within social interactions. The diagnosis is that some people want to sour those fruitful attitudes through intimidation, terror, and fear. Even so, we plan to honor the divine goodness of our inner being to respond humanely to fellow human beings. We implement that plan by walking in the way of peace and dodging violence through the attitude of faith. That implementation involves responses that come from the tender, soft, and moist places of our inner life. We know our plan is successful when we maintain fruitfulness amidst a fragmented society. A successful plan means there is love instead of hate, peace instead of violence, faith instead of despair, and perseverance instead of fatalities.

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