Sunday, August 2, 2020

August 2--Selective Sight and Hearing

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.  --C. S. Lewis  

     I think it is appropriate, with the above quote, to add the following quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives.
     The pandemic has spot-lighted the need to birth a kinder, gentler way of living in our country. We are mired in a chain of hate created by President Trump, his administration, and his supporters. It can be so challenging amidst this chain of hate to see and hear with the eyes and ears of love, but we must have sense enough and morality enough to do so, if we want to save ourselves, our democracy and our planet. 
     Non-violence, as lived by King, Gandhi, and others, is the heart of every major religion. It is Jesus' way. The sort of person who promotes violence toward others has no business labeling herself or himself as "Christian." Violence has never been a solution, and it never will be. 
     Does the "sort of person you are" enable you to see any individual with love, or are you afraid he/she might get some of what is or should be yours? Do you fear those who are different from you? Do you want others to fear you? Are you bringing experiences into your life (i.e., seeing and hearing) based on peace and love or on the chain of hate? 
     It is the responsibility of every single one of us to "have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate." That's our superpower, we can do it, we are resilient, non-violence is the way. 

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