Journal : Of Our Spiritual Vacuum

Our life, our outrage … Yes, let’s bleed, but not without our outrage.

There’s been an outrage here in India against rape, the leaky and sleazy law and order system, and the namby pamby laws themselves. That’s encouraging : to know that people are still alive to how our lives have been taken over by the lowest common denominator in our midst, in politics and business, in religion and society.

We’ve been had … by our parliamentarians who find themselves singularly incapable of winning elections with unifying truths anymore, with simple old-world conduct, trustworthiness and transparent speech. Indeed … And perhaps, in our outrage, while demanding redressal to a set of issues, we are all also pointing to that universal set, wherein lies the mother of all causes of all that is demeaning, corrupt and sub-human in our lives.

Let’s listen to Lee Patterson, her poetry reverberate, and understanding arise within us :

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.

Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”

You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet fail to understand,
That God is what we need !

As I read it, Lee is not making a case for the big daddy in the sky; so, the anti-theists and their rabidity would be appropriate elsewhere.

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presence were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation ? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.”

It is safe to assume, dear reader, that I do not agree with Lee in her charitable view of the NRA. Nor in her pitching an either / or where solutions go. But that does not take away my deep appreciation for the tripartite human model she invokes.

Think about it.


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