History watches what we do

U2’s singer Bono said the one thing all faiths and ideologies agreed on was that God was with the vulnerable and poor.
“God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them. History, like God, is watching what we do.’’
Martin Luther King Jr. said love could change the world. “Love even for one’s enemies is the key to the solution of the problems of the world. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’’
Writer and social activist Dorothy Day said works of mercy lightened the sum total of suffering in the world. so that those who were suffering in this ghastly struggle somehow mysteriously found their pain lifted and some balm of consolation poured on their wounds
“If I did not believe these things, the problem of evil would indeed be overwhelming,’’ she said..

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8 thoughts on “History watches what we do

  1. We can know, if those sincere in their trust in Jesus, and Sacrifice for the needs and good of others, did not doso, countless numbers of families and individuals, including animals, would suffer and die.

    Our very ONLY means against the harms in material life, which suffer ALL, is LOVE, and without a Loving parental, cosmic power (God), we’d be forever hopelessly trapped in harms way.

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  2. In the movie ” The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) ” , when surrounded by the deeply poor in Jakarta, australian journalist Mel Gibson is asked by a south asian photography journalist assistant (Linda Hunt) to give some money to those people, but Gibson declines, saying it wouldn’t make any difference.

    However, Gibson, and all which see this issue that way, are wrong. Giving to another in need in the moment does importantly help that life in that moment, and as Hunt points out, we’d ” add our light to the sum of all light ” .

    Whilst the families of the wealthy ” first world ” do give large amounts of money to the poorer nations, they also invest huge sums of money into global financial markets, which those corporations apply for profits, exploiting and enslaving those in 3rd world economies, including devastating their living ecologies, for the purposes of shareholder dividends and executive bonuses. Western gov’ts then provide those corporations with reduced taxes, and this cycle of greed and hypocrisy continues in perpetuity.

    If one is not apart of the ” solution “, one is part of the problem.

    Though the sun may rise and shine, this is, and has ever been, and will ever be a dark planet !

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    • “Though the sun may rise and shine, this is, and has ever been, and will ever be a dark planet !”

      That depends on whether one wanders around with one’s head up one’s………sunglasses.
      ,,,,,,and DOES nothing.

      While it’s true that ‘bringing the light’ to the world tends to get you seriously in dutch with the institutional gods and their henchmen ~ as Prometheus found out; and Lucifer, and other shining lights ~
      …. anything less than determined and relentless arson is a waste of a life.

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      • ps.. Mel’s comment (in the movie) was valid; pouring resources down a bottomless pit achieves nothing.
        There’s an ocean of difference between ‘spending’ money and ‘using’ it, but ‘conventional’ people/attitudes don’t seem to be able to grasp it ~ or ‘risk’ it, even if they have nothing to lose.

        I’m currently confronted by just such a situation, and y’wouldn’t believe how frustrating it is.

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  3. Elmer, thank you for your comments 🙂

    As I understand this issue of donations, we forward our contributions to ” aid ” agencies and they make the decisions where and for whom it will be allocated.

    There’s also the facts the govt’s of those countries and regions and communities, including para-military and police, rob away as much as they can get. ( on my blog, ” Dr. Samantha Nutt on challenges of delivering aid effectively ” is posted, including audio files, with Dr Nutt speaking with canada’s cbc’s national news anchor Peter Mansbridge, ‘ Good Women ‘. Also, Dr Nutt explains 3 more subjects in my post ‘ The World Divides ‘ )

    As for Martin Luther King Jr.’s view, this life is one of self-concern and desire, including caring and love and empathy and such, and many people, particularly women and the young, see they hold little to no power over these types of issues.

    Then there’s the fact so many people are ‘ tied up ‘ with their own lives needs and problems.

    Finally, there’s lots which simply don’t care to relate to the feelings and circumstances of others, and this is a global and historical issue which has divided our human families and communities and cultures and nations for all generations.

    We, ourselves, are limited in terms of what we want to change and actually can change, but the universal material construct is configured to be a selfish, harmful and killing life-order, and it will forever be a ” dark planet ” .

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