Spirit stopped within the boundaries of space and time so she could be seen. But then again - “seeing” Spirit is oft difficult at best, even as she pauses in space and time she scintillates and shifts-shapes. One, as usual sitting on his throne lifted his head and realized Spirit was present.
“Spirit, why stop your eternal movement?” Spirit replied, “it’s often difficult to see our creation moving as I do between then and now and through what will be. But this time I noticed that creation was distraught and emanating sounds as if sobbing.” One replied, “Spirit you shouldn’t have stopped – for I hear nothing.” Spirit replied in a tone of disappointment – “well perhaps you should begin to look, listen and learn the truth – sometimes I believe you’ve embraced the ‘Schultz Effect’.”
It was 1967, and a new program was launched called Hogan’s Heroes – set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. Colonel Robert Hogan (played by Bob Crane – the featured actor) coordinated an international group of Allied prisoners running a “Special Operations” group within the camp. The Nazi commander of the camp was Colonel Wilhelm Klink (played by Werner Klemperer) oft obstinate and ineffective – but for me the featured player was the bungling sergeant-of-the-guard, Schultz. Sergeant Schultz (played by John Banner) dealt with difficult life-issues with these three often repeated empty phrases: “I know nothing,” “I hear nothing” or “I see nothing,” and sometimes he’d say all three. I call this hollow understanding of life the “Schultz Effect” – the disease of those who fail to see the importance of others.
Measured in human years we’ve come a long way since 1967 – but History whispers – “not long enough and humankind has journeyed without gaining any knowledge of hope, you’ve dismally failed to embrace peace, and the vast majority of you fall far short of understanding the true meaning of love, especially those of you who look right through your children.” It’s obvious to me that humanity is infected by the Schultz Effect – most often clearly demonstrated by the inept ability of politics, the waste of government involvement in every-day life, the isolation of many religions, and the self-excusing words of Schultz: “I know nothing,” “I hear nothing,” and “I see nothing”.
One stands and moves towards Spirit – reaching out to touch her shoulder (a waste of time for nothing, not even One can touch Spirit) he staggers forward and after catching his balance turns to Spirit and says – “it’s difficult to hear the simple cries of humanity over the mayhem of creation, I must span all of this without end, and I know what I’ve created. I don’t embrace the Schultz Effect.” Spirit slows her scintillation giving her the ability to be heard and perceived – and the truth began.
Spirit, putting her hand under One’s chin and turning his face towards hers, whispers with both truth and heartache – “Indifference and neglect has forever been the weakness within our collaboration of creation, a weakness you have passed on to what was created. Especially noticeable in humanity – most notably in humanities’ ability to overlook and often neglect the greatest gift given them – children. It’s a trait handed down by you One – a trait that will only stop when you and they ‘learn, listen, and see’ what is so very obvious – the great gift of a child.” Amen Spirit – Amen. Human heartbreak is defined as: empty promises and empty arms.
Thomas H. Hunkele of Troup County is a certified fitness trainer and president of Lakeside Fitness.