Some children were building sand castles beside a river. The sand castles were many sizes and shapes but each child defended his castle fiercely and said, “This one is mine.” They kept their castles separate and would not allow any mistakes about which was whose.
When the castles were all finished, one child kicked over someone else’s castle and completely
destroyed it. The owner of the castle flew into a rage, pulled the other child’s hair and struck him with his fist He cried out, “This boy has spoiled my sand castle! Come all of you and help me to punish him as he deserves.”
The others came to help. They beat the child with a stick and kicked him as he lay on the ground. Then they went on playing with their castles, each saying, “This is mine; no one else may have it. Keep away! Don’t touch my castle!”
Evening came and it began to get dark. The boys all thought they ought to go home. No one now cared what became of his sand castle. One child stamped on his, another poured water over his, and another pushed over his with both hands. Then they turned away and went each to his home.
Our Sand Castles
I find this a very interesting and important parable. Sand castles come in many forms. Ownership and the need for power over “what is mine” also comes in many forms.
- What does this parable say to you about your sand castles?
- What insight does it give you into yourself?
- What insight does it give you about what is happening in the USA at this time?
- What about the world?
- What do you still need to heal?
I hope you take time to ask these questions. I would also love to get your feedback.