Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Tilting at the World
There were a few of my readers that felt the discussion of a dystopian future in the prior post was too overwhelming and depressing for thought. There are those who are in the hands of God and feel they have no understanding of the future or what God has in mind and therefore focus on the day to day. There are others who feel evil is a constant battle to be waged and they will pass tools onto the next generation to keep mankind safe and whole. Then there are people, like me, who tend to be agnostic about the whole process, always refusing to give up the challenge, but also feeling the battle will not be easy and each turn must be analyzed carefully and sometimes solutions are very hidden behind our prejudices. I know there is a precious goodness in mankind that means we will return whether in small numbers or large to restore beauty and love to the earth and to humankind no matter what dark days we go through. Whether we are fighting religious fundamentalists, Bible belt salesmen, the unexpected results of our technology, or deeply greedy and evil leaders, we must prevail in our vesting of this planet and this civilization. I also feel strongly that we cannot forget. We cannot allow evil history to be buried and forgotten or we will continue to make the same mistakes. We cannot be afraid that there is not enough to go around. We cannot see human groups as "others." They are us and that is sometimes frightening.
Evil can be difficult to understand because as writer Primo Levi says, "nor should you understand it, but it is a sacred duty not to understand, and that to understand something is to subsume it within yourself and we cannot do that."
Can you not look as a small child's face and know that your job is to stay aware and to always be brave? You are their guardians of their future and you must prepare them before you hand over the reins to the young in the days to come.