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fiddling while the world burns!

“If your house is on fire, you don’t comfort yourself with the thought that houses have been catching fire for thousands of years. You don’t sit idly back and think, ‘Oh well, that is the way of nature.’ You get going, immediately. And you don’t spring into action because of an idealistic notion that houses deserve to be saved. You do it because if you don’t, you won’t have a place to live.” 
   ~Bill NyeUnstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, 2015

We have a president that ignores and dismisses anything that is not profitable to himself in some way or another. His entire focus is power and wealth. But like most men wrapped up in themselves, he is a disgustingly small package.

At a time in history when climate change demands strong, determined action from global leaders, the #BLOTUS, thumbs his nose at science and turns his back on responsibility. He has bet the devil his fiddle of gold won’t melt in the fire. Then the little man paused, smirked, and said, ” to hell with the rest of them.”

be the change…

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Today is my 70th birthday. I realize that at my age I neither have the time nor the inclination to remain calm while I look about me and see our beautiful world being systematically destroyed and my nation going to hell in a hack. It’s time to join together with like-minded people and change the world.

 

on the road to hell

After just recently rereading 1984, I am struck by the timeliness of this statement by Orwell. All of us have heard the old saw that we have the government we deserve. Orwell states it even more directly.

In a democracy we have the ability to choose. We don’t have, however, the guarantee that we will necessarily choose wisely. None so blind as those that refuse to see. And most of our nation has become so afraid that they refuse to open their eyes. And a people that willingly swallows lies can never be set free by the truth.

We are not only on the road to hell, we are helping pave it as we go.

the low road

Listening to the current Republican presidential debates one can draw a frightening comparison to the early growth of Hilter’s Nazi Germany. The hatred, racism, bigotry and name-calling is ugly, divisive and wrong.

Such rhetoric appeals to the fear and baser instincts of the unintelligent and uneducated, but does not reflect the moral and spiritual foundation of our nation. No nation will be called great that demonstrates the values of greed, fear and zenophobia being so loudly proclaimed by the two remaining Republican candidates for the highest office in the land.

Turning a blind eye in the late 1930s led to the deaths of untold millions and a global war whose impact is still being felt. All of us need to open our eyes and see what is happening. We need to open our ears and truly listen to what is being said.

Then we need to do whatever is necessary to insure our nation doesn’t take the low road. It’s the road that leads straight to hell.

 

“it’s my onion”

She had been so wicked that in all her life she had done only one good deed — given an onion to a beggar. So she went to hell. As she lay in torment she saw the onion, lowered down from heaven by an angel. She caught hold of it. He began to pull her up. The other damned saw what was happening and caught hold of it too. She was indignant and cried, “Let go — it’s my onion,” and as soon as she said, “My onion,” the stalk broke and she fell back into the flames.” — E. M. Forster in The Hill of Devi

When does the cost of an onion become too high?

Selfishness, selfcenteredness and egocentric behavior all seem more the norm rather than the exception in today’s society.  But that come with a heavy price as illustrated in the quote above.

Life is about love, about relationships, and about sharing. The more we give the more we live. Every opportunity to share is another opportunity to become more alive and to experience even deeper joy.

Me, my, and mine are not large words. Yet, all of them are far heavier than we imagine. We would do well to remember, that the stalk of an onion cannot bear the weight of even one of them.

“Confused, Christ is,”

I do not normally associate the comedian, Lenny Bruce, with theological discourse. Yet the following quote is as a serious a theological statement as you are going to find.

Christ and Moses standing in the back of Saint Pat’s, looking around.  Confused, Christ is, at the grandeur of the interior, the baroque interior, the rococo baroque interior.  Because his route took him through Spanish Harlem and he is wondering what the hell fifty Puerto Ricans were doing living in one room when that stained-glass window is worth ten G’s a square foot. – Lenny Bruce

If Christ is confused at the opulence of Saint Patrick’s, what must he think of a Church which does little or nothing to bring his love into that one room apartment?

Nothing is more spiritual than our response to the cries of the poor and hungry. And as the theologian, Lenny Bruce, points out, sometimes our response must be confusing as hell to the one we claim to follow.

 

an ugly trick

Charity is an ugly trick. It is a virtue grown by the rich on the graves of the poor. Unless it is accompanied by the sincere revolt against the present social system, it is cheap moral swagger. In former times it was used as fire insurance by the rich, but now that the fear of Hell is gone…it is used either to gild mean lives with nobility or as a political instrument. – Rebecca West

I love this quote. West has nailed it.

The poor and hungry do not need charity. They need justice. They need for those of us blessed with wealth, means and resources to ask the hard questions. But that is not socially acceptable, so most of us refuse to even consider that option.

Ending hunger in our lifetime is possible. But in order to accomplish this glorious mission we have to confront the economic and materialistic gods that hold sway over our world. Charity is an ugly trick that keeps our focus diverted from the real enemies of the poor.