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

Sunday, October 7, 2018

True Community

Extremists at both ends of the political continuum have more in common with each other than they do with the vast majority of people from their own constituencies.  What they share is leveraging any opportunity to discharge their denied and festering pain, hurt, and feelings of smallness or powerlessness.
                                                            Brene Brown,  Braving the Wilderness

We live in a world
In a country of extremes

I know, sometimes I live there
On the end of the spectrum

But most of the time I live in the middle
Confused, angry, disconnected

And really, really sad

For in trying to celebrate collective values
And pain
And hope

We have ended up dehumanizing and objectifying each other

We have reached the place where our bonds with one another are counterfeit
Based on the fact that we hate the same people

This is an intense bond, it is gratifying
We are caught up in it
Just watch the faces behind Trump at a rally
Or think of our own delight when one of “them” is shamed and defeated

Hate is a fuel that burns fast, and “leaves a trail of polluted emotion” (BB)

We must learn to choose
Not the bond of hate
Not the bond of ridicule and shaming

But the bond of love
The bond of shared pain
The bond of shared hope

The bond of gathering on a Sunday morning and experiencing real community
Sharing real joys, and real hurts

The bond of being captured by something bigger than ourselves
Be it Harry Potter
Or the Seahawks

Or love
Especially love

We need real community
The community of hope
The community of love

You want false community
Go to a Trump rally
Or to many churches

You want real community
Go to a homeless shelter
To a family gathering
To a community potluck
To a fourth of July parade in a small town
To a concert
To a funeral
To a wedding

Community is to be found
And it, ultimately
Is what will save us

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