War is failure by another name violence too
Instead we glorify both as ways to make movies
and solve what seem like intractable problems
but of course war and violence solve nothing
they only create new opportunities for misunderstanding
and tension and conflict. The world is a crazy mixed up
place where real needs of people for food shelter
health are disregarded in place of profit and opulence
where blowhards can run and maybe even win high office
where Money is God and god is a slogan to be used to
deny humanity to one group or another.
I wrote these rough words the other morning–they need an editor yet–but I am choosing to share them this day as a sign of the times, to hold up a flag not of surrender but of hope and possibility. We must name things for what they are, we must build a politics that is not about a horse race to the White House, not a soccer match for the Senate, but deep discourse that opens up the dream that once was America for all, and claims peace as a primary policy.
I am listening right now for the words to come, trusting that there is something that needs me to say it, write it, today. Unnerving to realize I am not totally in charge of this process, that a greater force, and a more intimate one, plays an indispensable role–without which whatever I type or pen will lack some essence of life.
It is one thing to string words together in an artful way, and something else far more rewarding when they sing with soul. I imagine even technical writing, if approached with humility and openness, can sing at least a little–even if it is the goal of such writing to be in total control through the mind.
I don’t want my mind to be in total control, I don’t even want total control however it might come, even though it is tempting at times. The ego wants so much to be in control, but that means severing or at least limiting a relationship with God, among others, and I don’t want that.
My relationship with God is built on the willingness to remain open to what comes, to be willing to experience all that life offers, and to trust God to guide me through in ways it is good for me to go.
The destination is not an ending point, not a place. The destination is the open, trusting journey that never ends.