Friday, September 25, 2015

To Be Hopeful, Absolutely So...

“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness."
--Howard Zinn



"What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives…If we remember those times and places…where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction."

"And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
--Howard Zinn, American historian and social activist

“But I am here to say to you this morning that some things are right and some things are wrong. Eternally so, absolutely so. It's wrong to hate, its always been wrong and it always will be wrong.”
--Martin Luther King Jr. from speech, “Rediscovering Lost Values,” February, 1954)

"Light one candle..."

-- quoted by Peter Benenson,
English lawyer and founder of Amnesty International,
Human Rights Day ceremony on 10th December 1961


Why am I posting these famous quotes today?

Because consider the horrific tsunami roaring across human thinking and acting again now--

Follow the media and the erudite tomes being written and the various contrary leaders lecturing…

And so many of them claiming
There is no objective good or evil, no right or wrong, no just or unjust, no freedom…

According to millions of Christians whatever God commands (DCT) is what is good. PERIOD

So, if God commands genocide or slavery or theft (as he has repeatedly in the Bible and Christian history, then the acts are good.

According to millions of Muslims, God ordains every action even the most horrific, and has fated them all from before the universe was created.

According to some Atheists, there is nothing objectively wrong with murder or slavery or lying or any other unethical action either. There is no objective justice, no human rights, no ultimate good.

Only subjective preferences like the color red or one's favorite food…

Or one individual likes to go dining with a girlfriend while another likes to subjugate women and oppress same sexual persons, and physically cane writers or crucify or behead.

They say, "It’s all relative and subjective."

They say, "Who are we to judge the Crusaders or the Nazis or the Saudis?"

As so many secular leaders have emphasized, “When in Rome, Do as the Romans.”

They say, "See it’s all subjective."




Where are the Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Kurt Vonnegut’s and Howard Zinn’s of this generation?

Keep “reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts” us. (Martin Luther King Jr.)

In the Light,

Daniel Wilcox

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