Charles Bukowski has long been one of my favorite poets. He is much to rough for many, but there’s an edge and grittiness of reality to his work that appeals to me. This quote comes from one of his novels.
This statement makes me wonder. How many of you agree with it? Is Bukowski right in his assertion that most of us don’t think about injustice unless it’s personal? Let me know what you think.
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
“THROUGHOUT HISTORY, IT HAS BEEN THE INACTION OF THOSE WHO COULD HAVE ACTED, THE INDIFFERENCE OF THOSE WHO SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER, THE SILENCE OF THE VOICE OF JUSTICE WHEN IT MATTERED MOST, THAT HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH.” – Haile Selassie
All of us have the awesome responsibility to exercise our rights as citizens. I have long heard that we have the government we deserve. And I have now come to see exactly what that means.
We all need to step up and make our voices heard. We need to stand up and make sure our vote is counted. We cannot allow the plague of fear, hatred, and ultra-right nationalism to continue to spread. It’s up to us to stop the spread of this insidious infection.
And if we don’t, if we are too busy, too indifferent, too callous and uncaring, well… we will live in a country that has the government we deserve.
Faithfulness to the Gospel demands nothing less. God will not hold us guiltless for silence in the face of evil.
Bonhoeffer was a German theologian martyred for his opposition to Hitler. His words remind us that authentic spirituality requires a real and costly discipleship.
It is not enough to silently disagree with the corruption and evil of the current president and his administration. That silence gives tacit approval to the overt racism being spewed. That silence is seen by the predator-in-chief as acquiescence to concentration camps and draconian immigration policies.
We cannot allow our silence to be seen as support. We cannot allow our silence to encourage this cancerous evil in the white house.
Stand up. Speak out. Take action. Resist the evil that you see. In the end it is a spiritual matter.