Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Universe Gives and the Universe Takes Away

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7: 7-8

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28-30
Sometimes when you win you lose.

The other day my mother and I watched the Eurovision Song Contest, though I didn't hear all the songs as I came home partway through the show. It was interesting to see that most of the contestants sang in English. The United Kingdom entry, Scooch, was quite a fun song.

The fun part, I find, about this show is when the results come in. Who is going to get the dreaded nil point or "nil pwan" as they say in Europe. United Kingdom wasn't getting any love from the other countries and had no points for ages until Ireland gave them 7 points, then Malta gave them 12 points. That was their lot. At least UK didn't come last, they were second to last; Ireland was at the bottom.

Serbia was the runaway winner. The rules of the game is the winning country gets to host the next Eurovision.

"It's all very well Serbia winning the Eurovision, but how on earth is such a small country going to afford to host the next Eurovision?" mum said.

"Well, the Serbians should expect higher taxation," I said. "They might even need to borrow money from the world bank. That's what you get for winning such a prestigious contest such as the Eurovision."

Mum and I had a good chuckle.

"I bet you there was someone who was on bended knees praying for the UK not to win the Eurovision," I said.


"Ken Livingstone," I said. "It's bad enough London is meant to be hosting the Olympics in 2012. The last thing Ken needs is to worry about hosting the Eurovision in London." (Ken Livingstone is the current Mayor of London).

"Yes, I bet Ken is relieved the UK didn't win."

"Not that the UK had any hope of winning with that song," I said. "I don't think the rest of Europe got it. I bet you Ireland is glad they didn't win either."

"That's not surprising. Their entry wasn't very good," mum said.

"Really? I didn't hear it. I bet they deliberately entered a crap song so they'd have no chance of winning."

The contest got me thinking about the nature of the Universe. On the one hand, the Universe gives me the option to choose that experiences I want to experience. However, the responsibility to choose comes at a price: I have to figure out whether my choice is good for me. When I finally discover that the very things I used to crave for I no longer choose to experience, it is then I ask the Universe to remove my creations, erase the desire to have such an experience, and to only experience what blesses all.

Winning the Eurovision is now old hat for the UK and Ireland: Ireland has won it seven times and the UK five times. Both countries are aware that winning the Eurovision is a huge responsibility. While hosting the Eurovision is supposed to be an opportunity to promote tourism, the UK doesn't need to win the contest to attract tourists; tons of tourists flock to the UK every year anyway. Is it possible the UK/Ireland collective consciousness is deliberately choosing an entry that has no chance of winning the contest? I'm reminded of a classic episode of Father Ted, which is a comedy about a group of priests living in Ireland.

Fathers Ted and Dougal decide to enter a song called My Lovely Horse in the song for Europe song contest. Although their song is complete rubbish, it is voted as the Irish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. One contestant whose song is a lot better accuses the officials of deliberately selecting a song that will lose Ireland the Eurovision contest. The Irish song ends up with nil point. Hilarious!

I am so grateful that the Universe gives and the Universe takes away.


Related articles: Excess Baggage; Compassion; Oh No, Our Dream Has Come True!; Fetch! Sit! Good Dog!; Why Some People Don't Want to "Wake Up"; The Dream of Losing and Finding; Non-Judgment and Faith; Weaning