I have said nothing about the bombings in Boston because I wanted to escape the feelings of dread and panic that are fueled by our news media and our politicians, our ‘movers and shakers,’ who always move us away from love, truth and intelligence to abject fear. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” one of the proverbs from the Bible, is no less true because of its age or provenance. I choose love and peace, the peace that passeth all understanding. But love and peace should always compel us to speak out, for surely it is clearer than ever today, as Albert Einstein said, that the world “is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
We are enmeshed in a world of fear and negation; we are as puppets of the merchants of fear, greed and negation. We are manipulated daily so that we will buy unnecessary things, in order, so they tell us, to buy ‘happiness.’ The beautiful words of 1st Corinthians, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love,” is unknown in our modern times. And yet the greatest of these is love, love IS all you need; as Emmet Fox clearly says, a sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all… but in our daily quest for the toys of empire, love is left far behind, and we live in an illusion that all is for the best “in the best of all possible worlds.”
We cannot continue to repeat Pangloss’ mantra; we cannot continue to remain silent at the gates of hell, a hell paid for and promoted with our tax dollars. We cannot continue to remain silent while our government uses drones to kill babies throughout the world, or expect that when babies are killed in Palestine or Honduras, Colombia or Lebanon, it will not have an effect upon us. Daily we visit countries we could not name on a map with death and destruction, killing wedding parties and pregnant women and their babies. We choose to insulate ourselves from the violence and the pain that our empire inflicts throughout the world. It was our beloved Dr. King who said, forty-five years ago, that the US was the greatest purveyor of violence in the world… and that he could not be silent. “True compassion,” King declared, “is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
In his “Beyond Vietnam” speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before he was murdered — King said the US was “on the wrong side of a world revolution.” He asked questions about “our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America.” The United States then and now continues to suppress revolutions “of the shirtless and barefoot people” in the Third World, witness only our refusal to concede the Venezuelan electoral results, or our well-known shameful part in the toppling of the Honduras presidency and the ouster of Paraguayan president Lugo.
For years we were rarely visited by the ‘fruits of our labor,’ but as ‘ye sow, so shall ye reap.’ It is indeed time for all of us to come to the aid, not of our country, but of the entire planet we inhabit, by the grace of God, and have allowed to be despoiled.