Begun, in March of 2020, at the suggestion of someone whose love and wisdom I trust, the way things within the human family in virtually every country on earth, have unfolded, and continue to unfold, I discussed with two other people I trust about ending this series and beginning in due time a new one with a broader scope given the current conditions within the human family.
Close to 18 months into this pandemic with the almost innumerable casualties, death cutting a wide swath among the infected, with the hardened positions, the inflexible attitudes, of those both who accept it is a pandemic, those who do not, between those who get vaccinated and those who refuse to, there is so much anger and hatred within the human family, on a scale that in the past would have been constricted by geography.
Nowadays with the internet and ever-expanding social media sites, akin to the infamous clouds of gas that drifted silently, like huge green snakes, across the battlefields of WWI, we are increasingly loosing a willingness to accept objective fact. Facts have become the bailiwick of groupthink on both sides of virtually ever issue from the pandemic to………..each of us can fill in the blank, likely with a long list of contentious issues.
In mathematics we all learn as children that 1+1=2.
Today 1+1=equals whatever I say it does.
Anger and division flows between individuals, families, citizens, and governments, like an unending lava flow: hot, deadly, destroying everything in its path.
As a result, we live in nations where, democracies or totalitarian, politicians of all stripes, at every level of government from national to local have usurped the right of the people to have true freedom of government for the people. Thus: “Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.” ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” ― Victor Hugo
How much longer will this night last is unknowable, that at some point we will return to what was allegedly ‘normal’ before the pandemic is a mythological tapestry still being woven by the dreamers.
It is highly probable, besides new covid variants, there will be revolutions, wars, national bankruptcies, increased bitter and vengeful divisions within families, within nations, between nations, simply because we have become, in such a short time, more than ever preoccupied with self, with our own ideas, interpretations of the issues of the day.
“I” dominates. Other is no longer seen as one like me.
You are either with me or against me: with me tolerated friend, against me hated enemy.
Part of this tragedy is self-hatred has become as common place as the air we breathe.
All the above spills out of the stressed minds and wounded hearts of countless people I hear from, good people who unwittingly as they speak are crying out like the Psalmist: Save me, God, for the waters have reached my neck. I have sunk into the mire of the deep, where there is no foothold. I have gone down to the watery depths; the flood overwhelms me. I am weary with crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, from looking for my God. [Ps. 69: 2-4]
There is no way, individually or collectively as the human family, by our own wits, we can get ourselves out of this global swamp. No amount of science, money, government legislation, revolutions or riots, no screaming arguments, nothing humanly devised can save us.
Individually and collectively, we need to cry out, like Peter sinking beneath the waves: “Lord, save us.”: [see Matthew 14:22-33].
Jesus stretches out His hand, for He loves us and wants to lift us out of the swamp.
The way we grip His hand and hold on tight – and this is our hope – is to live out: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’…….‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ [Mk. 12: 28-24]-and- You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for He makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. [Mt. 5: 43-45]
© 2021 F. Arthur Joseph