“Cowardice asks the question – is it safe? Expediency asks the question – is it politic? Vanity asks the question – is it popular? But conscience asks the question – is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. from his speech, A Proper Sense of Priorities, February 6, 1968, Washington, D.C. When we speak or write about gun control, the immediate reaction is to point to sixth amendment rights, to the suggestion that a complex problem may resolve with the application of one strategy, or to the controversial NRA position and lobby. Democracy is messy, but safety and citizen rights are the concerns rational people hold in common. No m
Meditation I strongly believe in living from a core of loving kindness. I strongly believe that we are living in an unjust time where white supremacist patriarchy rules the day. I strongly believe that we are called to be in dialogue. I strongly believe that we are to stand against injustice. ... Is it possible to live from a core of loving kindness and to protest? Protesting seems to be the anti-dialogue. But, I want to say that you can be filled with loving kindness and still stand strongly for something. We see it all the time with our Water Protectors. They put their bodies on the line. I do not perceive them to be doing anything but living out of a deep wisdom and concern. I was imagining what I would do that is a non-violent, peaceful protests. For the point of ...
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I am having an experience I have seldom – I won’t quite say “never” – experienced in life: hope. Were the phrase not already taken, I would even make bold to say I am experiencing the “audacity of hope”. Beginning in early childhood, I learned very well to be extremely cautious in succumbing to promiscuous hope. For a long time, my working hypothesis in life was written by the Greek / Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis, who wrote Zorba the Greek, Report to Greco, and The Last Temptation of Christ: "Hope is a rotten-thighed whore". In fact, I learned to be a “hope anorexic”: to subsist on the absolute minimum of hope that would permit me to maintain a sketchy simulacrum of sanity. Without getting lost in past history, I will say that this tendency is traceable to my experience with Chri