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June 10, 2013

CUMMINS: A little child shall lead them

In Isaiah 11:6, we find, “The wolf shall also dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” 

What did Isaiah know? In his poem, “My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold,” Wordsworth wrote, “The Child is the father of the Man.” Isaiah and Wordsworth were both wrong, I think.

My heart used to leap up, too, at rainbows and girls out picking daffodils. However, if you are aged, and your heart leaps too far, hope someone is there to dial 911.

 Per the commandments, I grew up obeying my elders, and they led me in the way I should go until I went out into the cruel world on my own. When I got there, I didn’t know which way to go because there was no one to lead me. I tried following the government, but they couldn’t lead a horse to green pastures or restful waters. If you follow Congress, you will fear being led in the only direction they know, in a shadow in the valley of despair.  

When I grew into manhood and began my responsibility of propagating the earth, I led my children, their children and am now leading their children on Skype. I used to sit at the feet of my elders, absorbing wisdom. Did it take? Some did. I remember my grandfather telling me, “Son, never shoe a stud horse when a mare is in heat.” And I remember him repeating something about sweat dropping down a brow.

I was led before computers and hyperlinks. Families back then were not as hyper as they are now, but were hyperlinked like fiddle strings to each other. But then, it was a television in each room, and then each family member had to have a “personal” computer. I remember when we had just one. That’s when my family showed the first signs of hyperactivity. I will say that if individuals are provided with enough gadgets, they will withdraw from society, and it’s the only time you’ll ever get any solitude.

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