16 January 2006

Lately I have been hounded by an occasional depression that seems to grip me in its tight clutches for a time. During this time I am so sad. I feel like the world is going fast as it can towards a cliff. No one knows how to use the brakes. We are on a course of disaster because no one can see what I see. No one understands like I understand. I want to scream at the top of my lungs so that everyone can see where we are headed, but no sound comes out. Despite all that we have gone through in thousands of years of human history we are still very immature as a society. We are still divided by political ideology, class, religion, race, and sex. We value possessions over our relationships with people and our community. We value selfishness over selflessness. During my lapses into the darkness I imagine what kind of world my daughter will grow up in and I am only drawn into the darkness more. I have a sense that we will be falling on hard times soon. There are too many pressures on the world economy and geopolitics for there not to be a consequence to our immaturity. We seem to be bound for the stars, yet because we are always looking into the future we ignore the lessons of the past and this more than anything keeps us from progressing to the next step God intended for us. Unless we can truly embrace each other regardless of the invisible divisions that keep us apart we will remain a society of children with adult faults. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood this all too well. He was shouting it out at the top of his lungs. Millions of people have heard him, but too few have actually understood the message and acted upon it.

“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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