Monday, July 23, 2012

let it be so...

1 comment:

Kathryn Grace said...

I had to watch this twice. I didn't recognize him as Charlie Chaplin at first. I knew he was an actor from the early days of film, but I couldn't figure out why he was dressed as Hitler, or so I thought.

That image made it difficult to hear his words--the dissonance between the image my mind saw and the words it heard nearly too great to hear anything at all.

Perhaps it's because it's nearly midnight, and it's been a long day, but I feel such sadness that in what, 75 years, perhaps, we have still these same problems.

That we have still greed, too much speed, too many dictators, too many young soldiers dying for unjust causes, and too much bigotry and hatred.

I despair, nearly, at the suffering in the world, most of it needless. If the greedy would care to listen to the humanity in their own breast, if the thoughtless would take time to listen to others and allow compassion to grow, we could solve nearly all the world's problems. There would be no more hunger, none dying of treatable diseases, no more poverty.

How is it possible that we seem, as a people, to have learned nothing.

Still, hope springs. I am reminded constantly of the generosity and kindness of others, of the thousands, perhaps millions, who work day after day against huge odds to make the world a better place for all of us.

May we all begin to touch the god in us.