Born of hoplessness
On this day of incredible
tragedy through senseless destruction, may we respond with faith rather
than fear. I belong to
which aims to bring about
social justice. Martin Eder included this statement in a newsletter today:
Terrorism is born of hopelessness. It is
an unnatural state of affairs. A social order that has closed the doors on
dignity and the possibility of democratic participation is a breeding
ground for individualistic and suicidal desperation. A society full of
cruelty will produce cruel offspring. A society based on class
hierarchies, racial divisions, religious discrimination and national
oppression will have no peace. There is peace born of justice and
equality. There is also the peace of repression and dictatorship, but this
is always a temporary peace.
We, who have recovered from addiction, understand hopelessness
and know how unnatural it is. Our hopelessness was such that, with grace,
we could see a way out and were able to take it.
I believe that the events of today signal great change
and in those moments of change is the opportunity to affirm life and love.
I know that we can hold for peace, in ourselves, in our families, in our
neighborhoods, in our country and in our world.
Fear and rage are so tempting! We who have recovered
know them too.
My vision today is the world surrounded in love, light
Love, peace and