|5 years ago :: Aug 12, 2009 - 4:28PM #1|
In the course of living our lives we are confronted with events that challenge or spirituality. That's where the rubber hits the road, isn't it? When we see an injured dog by the side of the road, do we stop? How about a grown man hitting a child? Do we overcome our fear and do what's right?
What happened 2,000 years ago when the priests of the temple decided to do away with a troublesome rabbi who was preaching that all their convoluted rules were unnecessary, that we need only to love God with all our might, and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves? Most people stood by and allowed the priests to crucify the troublesome rabbi... In Germany just 70 years ago the German people stood by in silence when the Nazis went after the Jews. In both cases the reasoning was, "it's politics, and I don't get involved in that." How about when they were lynching blacks in this country? Yep, most people remained silent.
But in all cases, some exemplary individuals did speak out, they did do something. They are the ones who met the challenge, the ones who made spiritual progress...the saintly ones.
Today, a great evil is also being perpetrated. A small minority of Americans are disgusted that we have a black president and are using the current health care debate to attack him. They are calling him a Nazi ( that's an irony) a socialist, accusing him of wanting to kill senior citizens and the terminally ill. At town hall meetings some have just came out and voiced their real feelings " I want my country back!!!". The health insurance companies are only too glad to help, funding many of the so called "astro turf" (as opposed to grass roots) organizations that bus demonstrators around, train them, and plan how to disrupt events. They are doing a great job.
I for one cannot sit back and simply meditate, read spiritual books and talk about high minded topics...alll those things that keep my consciousness humming...no, I need to get involved. This is getting my hands dirty, and my senses shocked, my mood disrupted,just like those times that I have stopped to help the bloodied, injured dog that most people ignore. That's what life is really about, that's when we find out whether we are really spiritual or simply talk the talk.
So what can you do? Well, I just spoke out. You can do the same. You can get acquainted with the issues ( if you are not already) and email your friends.
In this case doing nothing is the easiest course. But it is complicity.