It Serves us Well to Remember

Spirit tells me that it serves us well
to remember the horror of tragic events
that might never have happened if …

If what?

If violence was not socially acceptable.

By whom?

By those who commit acts of violence.

How is that possible? Surely, for
whatever reason or reasons, surprise
attacks on thousands of unsuspecting
and unarmed people, as happened
on a day like today, not many years
ago, must have made sense to someone.

The attackers?

Perhaps they were persuaded by some
evil genius that what they were asked
to do was of value to a cause
that justified mass murder.

Yes.

Then, how can we create a world community
wherein such thinking is unthinkable?

We can only create such a community
with individuals who learn to care
for all other individuals.

Surely that is impossible.

Why?

We seem to need to come together
in small groups of people wherein
we each contribute our unique skills
for the benefit of the whole
community; our chosen community.

How would such a small community
be chosen?

Shared values.

And, how would you develop
shared values?

Education?

Yes, but education is never enough.

Then, what else?

This world, and every community,
large and small, within it, needs
individual role models, mentors,
teachers, care givers, and leaders
who understand why they were chosen
to lead.

Is it possible to create such
a world community?

Yes.

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Coming in Seventh

Spirit tells me that coming in Seventh is usually

Out of the limelight. Medals of Gold, Silver, and

Bronze have already been won. Even glory

May not be awarded to a Seventh place contestant.

 

So, He asks me, Why do we strive to do and to be

All that we can do and be, when we suspect that

There are those who can and will, or might do

Much better?

 

Because we are not contestants and because we must

Do and be what we can, for whatever reason?

 

Yes, and more. We seem to know that we contribute to

The glory of those who win it. We help them do and be

Better than they might otherwise do and be, simply

Because they know we are close behind them.