Allowing huge pharmaceutical companies to continue gouging the public for life-saving medicines is wrong. It’s about the corruption and greed that is rampant in our society, and how the powerful, wealthy, and elites do whatever necessary to amass even more wealth regardless of the cost or pain inflicted on the poor and the hungry. Such price gouging by big pharma is a clear demonstration of our society’s immorality and loss of values.
The pain is felt by all of us…and it continues to grow worse by the day.
The only ones numb to the pain are the Republicans who remain silent. Is their silence due to even greater stupidity? Or could it possibly be they have too many secret deals that need to remain hidden? Treason comes in many flavors.
Actually, nothing has changed, has it? The truth is it has always been about us. What are we willing to ignore? How much are we willing to put up with? How low are we willing to go?
Peter Story, a Methodist Bishop from South Africa once remarked that during the apartheid years, he was always deeply ashamed of his nation for the immorality of such an unjust system. Every day of this presidency and this administration I am identifying more deeply with the pain he felt and what he was saying.
Where is our basic decency? When will we say enough is enough, and begin to reclaim the standard human decency that has always created hope around the world?
I am currently dealing with a number of good people who are angry. Much of that anger is being expressed at me, but I understand why they are angry and what is motivating their anger. The source of their anger and the pain that is causing it is far deeper than me or my words and actions.
Dealing with ugly realities is never easy, and it is especially difficult in a society where we have always desired not dealing with anything ugly, messy or painful. An example is this quote by Voltaire. It is an ugly truth that will immediately make many reading it upset and angry. That, however,m doesn’t change the truthfulness of the quote.
It’s o.k. to get angry at ugly truth and painful facts. But, if we analyze the reason for our anger we have the opportunity to grow from it.
We can then work to either accept or change the ugly truth which makes us angry. Or, as in the case with some of those who are now directing their anger toward me, we can ignore the truth until it becomes an infection of anger and bitterness causing us to lash out in pain.
The only problem with the latter approach is that the source of the infection, that ugly truth still needs to be dealt with, doesn’t it?
A brief, yet powerful sermon we all need to heed. Having just returned from a trip that included both India and Nicaragua, this resonates with me more than ever. We all need to stop being so sensitive to personal affronts and far more sensitive to the real pain, greed, and injustice that fills the world.