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

Monday, August 20, 2018


“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
                                              Dwight D. Eisenhower

People of privilege
Seldom know they are privileged

The Rich

All view the world from their bubble
Which protects them from the understanding
That their pathway is easier than others

I should know
I am a white
Who was born to affluence

That affluence did not make me a success
But it made becoming a success easy

No issues with debt
A good college

It is hard for me to understand how much more difficult the path is
For a person of color
A woman
A Muslim
And person who is poor

I just take for granted my advantages

It takes work to put one’s self in another’s shoes
It takes humility
And generosity

But mostly a willingness to say
Life is not fair
And to respect how difficult it is
To move up out of poverty
To deal with sexism
And racism

Every day
Every damn day

To have people shame you
Diminish you
Reject you

and the worst thing we can do
is hang on to our privileges
at the cost to other

for then we lose our souls

we become empty ciphers

when we value our privileges above out principles
we end up with border walls
children in cages
tax cuts for the rich
cuts to the safety net
marches to “unite the right” (white)

we end up with greed
and worse

we end up with petty cruelty

We who are privileged must be willing
To see our privilege
And let it go

For the cost of our privilege
Is simply too high
In the sacred economy, which is based on equity and love

1 comment:

  1. Mr. Steve!
    I enjoyed your blog this a.m.! Speaks well. I relate to your whole aspect.... I am one who was/is raised in the middle! Not wealthy....Not poor nor Poverty. Simply in the middle..... While being in the middle,

    I have watched both "all" sides of privledges.... I've grasped the reins and cantered on. No struggels, no given.... just canter on!

    You were brought to my attention in this mornings dreams! By a note addressed to me, on the back of an envelope. Basically to listen to you!
    I have really enjoyed your Joseph sky photos. I miss Living over there. When I did live in Joseph, it was the sky's that I watched most.

    Blessings...Love & Light