Fifty years ago I wrote a list of my biggest fears - in black felt pen!
The ATOMIC BOMB, POLLUTION, POVERTY, TOXIC WASTE, COMMUNISM . . .
Most of these conditions still persist,
plus new threats, like GREEDY CAPITALISM, CLIMATE CHANGE,
CYBER TERRORISM, GENOCIDE, BARBARISM, TORTURE . . .
Then it hit me -
I can't influence any of the big things.
Oh, I can vote my conscience, I can support good causes,
I can pray and speak about peace, justice and equality.
Neither politics or religion, money or education is able to defeat
the powers of greed, corruption, predjudice and extremism
- at home or abroad.
And it was ever thus . . .
All of us are suffering the agony of being human.
communicate wirelessly, heal diseases, create new organs . . . prolong life.
And beauty is all around us still - precious babies and animals still
delight us, and love flourishes even in the darkest times.
So shall I spend the rest of my days in fear?
OR stick my head in the sand and hope GOOD will somehow prevail -
OR believe that some 'Divine Plan' will take us to the brink and then rescue the
faithful and leave everyone else in the hell we have created by
our own human greed and passivity . . .
It is my destiny to live at this time in this place with these perils, these values
and these choices.
I choose to respond authentically and kindly
to the little opportunities around me.
(Oh how pitiful that seems, so pollyanna-ish and small!)
This world with all it's terrifying potential for disaster
and it's tender hope for rebirth
will speed on
with or without my input.
ALL I CAN DO IS BE ME