“Give me just a little more time, And our love will surely grow” Edythe Wayne / Ronald Dunbar
Apathy and hopelessness are profound problems. I know several people who refuse to watch the news on the television as it is too depressing. But denial will not make things better only action.
It seems the prognosis for planet Earth is bad and it is expected to get much worse. The dynamics are thrusting us into disaster. Endless war, pollution, destruction of the environment are some of the manifestations of evil. I say manifestations because if you break it down most of the problems mankind face are in fact that making of man himself. But therein lies the hope, if we messed up this planet then we must be able to fix it.
No act of kindness goes unnoticed or fails to help. Even if you just fed one hungry person you have made a difference. Perhaps a hundred million others will go hungry that night but for that one person who was fed, well he is in a far better state.
Compassion is the key to healing the festering wounds of our collective society. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” That is the ‘golden rule.’ If you were hungry you would want somebody to feed you. Not only that but you would want somebody to provide a way out of your poverty so that you would never be hungry again. I don’t think that anybody wants to be a victim of war.
To all those who identify with Christianity Jesus said in the 25th chapter of Mathew, “Whatever ye have done to the least of them ye have done unto me.” 1 John 4:20 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” Of course, we are commanded to love both our neighbors and enemies. I am calling out the Christians because their hypocrisy is blaring. If they were a refugee how would they want to be treated? Would they tear baby Jesus away from Joseph and Mary?
Is that final question too extreme? No, go back to Mathew 25, how we treat our fellow man is how we treat God. But they will cite the ‘law of the land,’ and try to justify it with Romans 13. There is a simple principle some ‘Christians’ don’t get, the law of the land does not supersede the law of God. Can anybody say that separating children from parents is anything but cruel? Can anybody say that bombing countries and in the process bringing wholesale death and destruction isn’t wrong? Let’s go back to the ‘golden rule.’ Would you want your family treated the way the United States inflicts terror on other countries? Would you want a drone blowing up your house in the middle of the night?
If this world is to survive we must organize and act to stop the forces of devastation. To quote Joe Hill, “Don’t mourn organize.” You see every individual has limited resources, but as a group, we can really impact the world. A group brings together diverse talents and thus they complement one another in the common cause. Think of a religious institution serving food. Where one person could only perhaps make half a dozen meals, a group with a kitchen and dining room could feed hundreds. We simply need to shift our priorities and focus on the task at hand. We must forsake the lust for mammon and put the value of a human being above material possessions.
You never know the impact, positive or negative, that you will have on another person. A kinder, gentler, compassionate world is one that everybody will benefit from. You want to stop school shootings, I suggest that we love one another. These people who feel ostracized from society should be reached out to. Communities need to make an effort. To logically extrapolate communities as a whole must reach out to other communities. That is those that are financially well off must reach out to those who are poor.
The clock is ticking and the bomb is eventually going to go off. Except the problem is that there are multiple bombs. Young black men getting gunned down by the police is everybody’s problem, even the police. People going hungry is everybody’s problem even the rich. The ‘loser’ in high school who everybody hates shouldn’t be treated with malice but rather with compassion.
You see the school shootings on the rise. You’ve seen that man who went to the ball field and began shooting at the lawmakers. You’ve seen people set up the police for an ambush. We as a society are not being punished, we are being rewarded for our acts of wickedness. One will reap what they sow. You don’t like refugees from El Salvador coming here, well that is a direct result of the United State’s policies in that area, particularly the military suppression of the poor and the setting up of ‘death squads.’
When the chickens do come home to roost they with have razor sharp claws and fangs of lions. But it doesn’t have to be that way, we can, as a people repent. We can change our ways. In your own life, you can make a difference. Even if it is to help just one person it is a noble task worthy of doing.
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