Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Saturday, July 15, 2017

no one left behind

“The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”
                                                                         Bertrand Russell

The world is a mess
Hate, division, conflict, brutality, greed, fear
You name it, we’ve got it!

And we are all seeking to
Work our way through the mess
To something better

To a place that is more safe,
More grace full
More generous

To a place that is kinder
A place where all can flourish

But it is not just the goal that matters, although it does
How we get to our goal matters
How we deal with the mess

Some say that to be safe, we have to be mean
We have to exclude people, judge people, oppress people, diminish people
Don’t let them live among us, don’t let them get uppity
Then we will be safe

Some say that in order to be comfortable, we need to be
Fundamentally selfish
Work for what you want.  When you get it, cling to it
If others don’t have enough?
Well they are lazy and shiftless
They are bad people who are not worth worry about

Just leave them behind

Some say that to get through the mess
We have to be the biggest
The meanest
The most powerful
The most protective

We have to be people who hug everything to ourselves
Surrounding ourselves with the trappings of wealth and power

But that doesn’t really get us through the mess
It just makes the mess worse
That doesn’t empty the swamp, it expands it, deepens it

How we get through the mess matters

And we should work our way through this mess
Listening, caring, giving, helping, supporting, affirming, loving
We should wander through the mess making sure, as much as possible
That no one
No one
Gets left behind

That no one is diminished, marginalized, bullied, excluded

Not that woman
Not that man
Not that person with addiction
Not that person with mental health issues
Not that aging person
Not that ill person
Not that minority person
Not that person who just happens to be LGBTQI
Not that Christian
Not that Mulsim
Not that Hindu

No one is expendable
And if someone says others are?
If someone is willing to bully and belittle?
They are just


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