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, September 19, 2018

love not fear

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.”
― Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

What are you afraid of?

Being alone
Being unloved
Being a failure
Being a fool?

Who are you afraid of?


Fear is a dreadful thing
It freezes us
It makes us want to run
But at its worst, it makes us ugly people
Cruel people
Abusive people

In the name of fear we judge
We exclude
We minimize we oppress

Fear makes us small

Put fearful people together
And feed on that fear?

We know what that looks like
It looks like anger
Like brains shut down
Hearts closed
It looks like 12,000 kids incarcerated
Black men shot in their own apartments
It looks like acceptance of the unacceptable

I can be fear based
I can fail to do what I love
I can end up doing what I despise

Fear makes us small
It makes our minds small
Our hearts small

Wrap fear in the flag
And it becomes nationalism

Wrap fear with the trappings of religion
And it looks like
Followers of Jesus violating the way of Jesus
And supporting the unsupportable

Wrap fear in this soul
And it looks like a person desperately seeking acceptance
And love
And respect
And making a mess of things, and driving love away

Perfect love casts out fear
Perfect love is Sacred Presence

Come O Sacred One
Make your home in this fearful soul
Make your home in all fearful souls

May we be bound together by love
Not fear

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