distilling feelings into action

"I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought to be distilled into actions which bring results." - Florence Nightingale:

We all have been told that the pen is mightier than the sword. And although I agree, words in and of themselves cannot change the world.

Yes. We need to express ourselves, and speak out against injustice in every form. Yes. We need to speak up for the oppressed and those unable to speak up for themselves.

But speaking up, speaking out, is not enough. We must come to the place where we distill our feelings into pure action. We need to translate our compassion and need for global justice into the pure eloquence of action. Only then will we achieve the global good we all seek.

a special kind of courage

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What would our world look like if more of us had the special kind of courage lifted up by Queen Elizabeth? My fear is that far too many of us refuse to stand up for our convictions. We refuse to speak out for what we know is right, for what we know is the decent alternative.

We make the choice to be quiet, to remain silent in the face of immorality and evil. We allow those with power and riches to make choices and take actions that cause harm to millions of our human family and to rape our planet for greed and profit.

That could change if we had the special kind of courage spoken of by the queen. If we all stood up and made our voices heard we could have a world with justice for all and not just for the rich and powerful. But, that takes a special kind of courage.

“We must always take sides.”

As I have said before, sometimes silence isn’t golden. Sometimes remaining silence is just plain yellow. Allowing others to be humiliated without speaking up and coming to their defense cannot be justified. If we see suffering and do not act to defend those being oppressed we become as responsible, as guilty, as the oppressors.

 

a WMD stockpile within our borders

poverty:

Here is a WMD we have all already seen. It’s already here in the US and the stockpile is getting ever larger.

We ignore it at our own risk, not only both moral and spiritual, but in real terms, as well. Allowing poverty to grow is a clear and present danger.

We can eliminate poverty in our lifetime. Doing so is both right and possible. It just takes compassion and an active hunger for justice for all.

no accident

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Poverty is not an accident. And neither is the hunger it spawns. Working together we can end hunger in our lifetime. It’s a noble and achievable goal. Let’s do all in our power to make it happen. Working together we have the power to change the world.