I pulled out my trifold scrap paper scratch pad that is always with me. The Earth had just moved under my feet in the middle of a church service, and I had to take note.
What had happened is that, once again, I felt the deep sadness of being doomed to failure to see “Peace on Earth, good will toward men” since the last year’s advent service. And it came to me:
We can’t achieve peace on Earth or show true, meaningful and lasting good will toward men if we fail on such a massive and ongoing manner to show good will toward the planet from which those theoretical recipients of our peace take their lives and livelihoods.
After a long cathartic spleen-venting screed against what our collective greed has made of capitalism, I came back around to acknowledge that, if you squint just so,Â there are some really hopeful things happening in our relationships with Earth and each other.
If you’d care to read more, I posted the full piece over at Medium–my 2014 end of year message cast out into the ethers.
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And if you need more supporting documentation to begin the new year hopefully, read on….
The world is not falling apart: The trend lines reveal an increasingly peaceful period in history.
Here’s to a great 2015! | MoveOn.Org | Democracy In Action
Robert Reich points to the way things ARE WORKING in late 2014
And on the grudgingly pessimistic side, an excerpt from poet W. H. Auden‘s post-Christmas lament: http://genius.com/W-h-auden-well-so-that-is-that-annotated
The data in “the world is not falling apart” article was very encouraging. Thank you for that. I have posted it on Facebook.
“blessed unrest” and “productive discontent”. I like that.
from E.B. White…
As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate…Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”
Happy New Year, Fred!