Sunday, January 4
Silent on Gaza?
My response to the situation in Gaza: I am getting quiet. That does not mean I have no human concern, outrage, worry, or sense of what is right and wrong. Hardly. Specifically, I want the one side that has dominated our foreign policy for over half a century to stop doing so. I sense with real anguish that things much get much worse for that to happen.
The awful violence in the Middle East is being reflected in the tiny insignificant mirror of certain blog comment threads. Lots of typists screaming and name-calling with no consciousness of their own addiction to outrage, self-righteousness, and moral superiority.
Incidentally, the entire Bush Administration has been a real meth lab for those addictions.
I'm waking up to a sense that all the noise has to stop, at least here in my own head. That's the place I can at least try to control.
A couple of resources I'm finding helpful: J. Brent Bill's Holy Silence (Quaker perspective), and David Cooper's Silence, Simplicity, and Solitude (Buddhist perspective).
Along these same lines, I have no interest in arguing with those who feel prayer and meditation are "doing nothing."