The name of this blog, Rainbow Juice, is intentional.
The rainbow signifies unity from diversity. It is holistic. The arch suggests the idea of looking at the over-arching concepts: the big picture. To create a rainbow requires air, fire (the sun) and water (raindrops) and us to see it from the earth.
Juice suggests an extract; hence rainbow juice is extracting the elements from the rainbow, translating them and making them accessible to us. Juice also refreshes us and here it symbolises our nutritional quest for understanding, compassion and enlightenment.

Wednesday 19 December 2012


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When we were children we often asked why type questions.  Why is the sky blue?  Why does grandad have a walking stick?  Why do I have to go in the car?  Answers to these questions often were followed up with yet another why question.  If the answers weren’t satisfactory to our young and enquiring minds, our response was – but why?

Why? why? why?

As we grew up and began to leave childhood and all its innocence behind, questions of why also got left behind.  By our teenage years, of course, we knew it all and there was no need to ask why anymore.  (Apologies to any teens reading this, you may wish to differ).

What would our understanding of the world be if we had kept asking why into our adult years?  More so, if we had kept asking why, would we have a markedly different world than the one which we presently inhabit?

What if we asked questions like these:
  • Why are some people poor?
  • Why do we go to war?
  • Why do we chop down trees?
  • Why do we build prisons?
Of course, there are answers to these questions.  But, what would happen, if like our innocent child, we kept asking: but why?

We (the questioner and the answerer) may eventually come to a realisation that the answers that we so glibly promote are illogical, senseless and ultimately bring us face-to-face with some questions about our humanity and earthly guardianship.

The most important why question may turn out to be:

Why do we stop asking why?

This is my final posting for this year.  I’ll be back in the middle of January.

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