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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Cruelty is cheap

Cruelty is cheap, easy, and rampant.
It’s also chicken-shit
               Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection, p.52

Cruelty is cheap
It is easy
And it abounds

Even in my chicken coop
Where Cicely, Goldie, and Gwendolyn
Systematically beat up on Gertie

I have no idea

Just as I have no idea why a person, sitting in the White House
Would find it necessary to pursue policies that are cruel
Tweet things that are cruel

Or why people cheer when our country
Tries to act like a global bully
A tiresome act

What is it about us that causes us to beat up on other
More vulnerable people

We shame the poor
We demonize people who happened to be wired different in terms of sexual preference
We judge those who are addicted

All without even thinking

Frankly my dears
Its chicken-shit

Because where cruelty lives, other things die
Like compassion

Oh sure, it feels good for the moment
This gathering together of like souls to beat up on others
We feel big, and powerful
There is indeed a certain satisfaction
And our egos swell

We are the special ones
We are the ones with power
We whites, we “christians”, we Americans, we the wealthy

But it reveals a poverty of soul that is frightening
And what is even more frightening is how,
As we seek to combat cruelty,
We are willing to become cruel ourselves.

We become what we disdain
We become what we resist

We are such strange creatures,
We human beings

I do not have the answers
I do not have them for myself, or you
But this I know

We cannot go into cruelty
If we do
It will not matter if the stock market soars
Or the GNP rises
Or our military is the “greatest”
It will not even matter that we are safer

For cruelty, and all that comes with it
Destroys human beings
And all humans are

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