What huge imago madeA psychopathic god:I and the public knowWhat all schoolchildren learn,Those to whom evil is doneDo evil in return. (W. H. Auden’s poem, September 1, 1939) Almost immediately after the horrific terrorist attack September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and Pentagon killed 3000 Americans, the drumbeat for retribution and revenge pounded loudly. Drowned out were voices calling for restraint. While peoples from nations around the world offered sympathy, so-called Christian America cast aside Jesus’s clear teachings against returning evil for evil to instead foment violent war on Afghanistan, to be followed 18 months later upon Iraq.… Read More
Wealth inequality continues to widen across the world. The ultra-rich control foreign and domestic policies, tax laws and enforcement, and install favorable government. This inequality, often resulting in exacerbated poverty, is harmful to participatory society. Oxfam is an esteemed, reputable global charity that has released a report on this inequality. See this link for the Executive Summary. Then advocate for increased taxation on the wealthy.
A high school English class assignment for our son Jesse was to memorize and recite a poem. He chose “Ozymandias,” by Percy Bysshe Shelly. The poem’s thesis is that a cruel, powerful, arrogant tyrant is now and forever relegated to a forgotten dustbin of history. The poet-prophet Isaiah says the same, directing God’s impending judgment on the king of Babylon. “You said in your heart, “I will ascent to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God…I will make myself like the Most High.”… Read More