A meditation for our hearts. A meditation for this land.
Does anyone care?
Offered at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on July 1, 2018.
From the meditation:
"This is a beautiful country, a country full of goodness and wonder
and also of a great heartlessness—
when someone is outside our conception of what is normative or legal,
when someone is ready at hand for our use and benefit, for our self-enrichment or exploitation,
when someone gets in our way—
we, the people of such great promise and freedom,
we, the people often of very great heart
have shown again and again
that we do not care.
"When we place our hands over our hearts,
let us pledge ourselves once more
for everyone here,
for everyone & for all
the whole living wonder of this land
to which we belong
but which ultimately never belongs to us,
let us pledge once more to care
those of us who are disenfranchised,
those of us who are dispossessed,
those of us who are separated,
those of us who are neglected,
those of us who are oppressed,
those of us who are hungry,
those of us who are poor,
those of us who are cast out,
those of us who are without a home,
those of us kicked out of our homes,
those of us across whose homes a line is arbitrarily drawn,
those of us who are troubled,
those of us who are sick,
those of us who are addicted,
those of us who are not free—
those of us who are thoughtless, and careless, and cruel...
"The principle of non-violent resistance
is to awaken your enemy
to the greater truth
of who you are
and who they are as well,
to summon both ourselves
to become a people,
a people with a promise to fulfill,
a people who care."
Image: Woody Guthrie.
- Religion & Spirituality