Why do bad things happen?
The past week I have seen talking heads pontificate on the school massacre in Connecticut USA sure of their own why:
Not enough prayers in schools
Divorce can be rough on kids
We don’t have enough spirituality
The list goes on…
So do bad things…
Copy cat killers; little girls getting shot in Afghanistan; worshippers being blown up in their places of prayer…too much to document…we are inundated by violence and baseless hatred every day…and consequently we are inundated with the “WHY sayers” – the politically correct and politically incorrect pundits who are expert “WHYers” and sadly there seems to be no lack of occasion or audience for them.
My friend and teacher Sam K – who has inspired my ramble on a number of occasions – pointed out yesterday that silence is not acquiescence and that acceptance is not submission – to the contrary – but rather than worship the pseudo religious/philosophical/sociological/psychological babble of the “WHYers” and the handwringers — we need to become part of the doers and changers by putting aside politics and religion and whatever to make change happen.
The sound of silence becomes a powerful force of society and not a sad excuse for inaction.
Mark Twain said it best…listen:
“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
And there you have it – time for active silence—for using religion to stop the bad not explain it – for using politics to end it not debate it – for using the media to rid ourselves of it not spread it – for action more often than words.
At this time of holiday for so many around the world – and if it’s not your holiday for respect of others – I end with this thought…listen:
“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” Thomas Paine
We talk about the small world we live in – the Generation World we are all a part of…My hope for the New Year is that we can find universal common good – by doing…
So bottom line – do not ask why or even why not – just do…
What do you think?