When Light Seems Dark

December 13, 2019-

Jack was right, to an extent.

The selection, by TIME Magazine, of Greta Thunberg as its “Person of the Year” comes as no surprise.  The attacks heaped on her, by people of a certain age, also come as no surprise.  It’s hard to face up to one’s failings, and even more so, to face up to collective failings.

There is no figure in human history who had escaped the wrath of the froward and despicable.  It’s human nature to despise being reminded of what one has done wrong.  It is human responsibility, however, to address shortcomings and make an effort to correct them.

Jack, of whom I know little, wrote a scathing letter, some five years ago, warning me that my attitudes on inter-gender relations were passe’, and that I would know no peace with women, until I recognized it and changed some aspects of my mindset.  Time has passed and I have meditated, continuously, on this matter, gradually weaning myself of exactly the shopworn attitudes of which he was talking.

There is, however, a greater sense of obfuscation and gaslighting afoot, when critics of not only the great Divine Educators, from Noah to Christ to Baha’u’llah, but also more ordinary people, from the Founding Fathers of the United States, through Abraham Lincoln, to Mohandas Gandhi, Mother Theresa and Fred Rogers, try to focus attention on the flaws, both real and perceived, of such great souls.  The Divine Educators were perfect Beings, so any disparagement of  Them is a pack of lies.  Those who are people of vision and fortitude will always incite anger and attract disparagement from those who prefer to wallow in self-pity.  Light, to such people, is to be shadowed, made to seem like darkness.

There is a difference between the Jacks of the world, who speak truth even when it may be unpalatable, and the minions of moroseness (to quote Spiro T. Agnew, of all people).  Those who wish to redress the wrongs of society are only too happy to see those wrongs corrected.  Those who hate the great figures of the past, or the minor heroes of the present, are banking on the lower aspects of human nature to vindicate their own self-loathing.

Greta Thunberg, at her young age, ought continue to grow physically and intellectually, but ought never shrink from speaking truth-even when it may be unpalatable.

5 thoughts on “When Light Seems Dark

  1. Hi traveler.

    Jordan does say that “It can take one voice to bring down a tyranny.” One voice that speaks truth, even in the light of those who don’t want to hear the truth or be reminded of their inaction or apathy for anything that does not focus on wealth, materialism and pride.Greta speaks with a conviction that many don’t want to hear, and attempt to silence.

    We spoke of “spirit” tonight. And the conversation went round to religion and spirituality. In my history I used to listen to spiritual leaders, until they began acting like animals in public. Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one. I listen to what people SAY, then I attentively watch what they DO.In the end, when the two do not match up, I turn away, and walk away. Nobody knows our respective truths, intimately enough to be able to make comment on whether we will succeed or fail. I know you know this. But it bears repeating.

    Those of us who are spiritually educated are fodder for those who are not. I do not pay heed to much of that kind of human being, but we can always pray that one day they might be so inclined to illuminate themselves beyond their stupidity. Alas, that is like watching grass grow.

    You’ve covered many topics recently, that I found engaging. Suffice to say that we are on the same page, on those many topics. I know who it is I listen to, those I read, and those I respect. That list is very short indeed. If we stick with the spiritually enlightened, we are in good company. however, there are those times when I step out of my comfort zone and try to educate, when it is appropriate to do so, if I feel the ground is fertile and I believe what I have to say will get past personal censors within.

    We each, practice a faith tradition. And we read the same texts. Respect and Dignity for every human being is very lacking in this world. And tolerance for those with different struggles is also lacking. I think if the world participated in Long Version Serenity Prayer was common practice, we would not have so many Jack’s in the world.

    I’m reading Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago right now. Right from Jordan’s book.

    I wish you a good night and a good weekend my friend. I’m out here, rooting for you.

    Jeremy

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  2. Yes it is hard to hear truth when that truth come into conflict with personal comfort. Greta is young and many dismiss her based on her age. Others turn a deaf ear because what she points to is change and change is hard. But even so, her message is valuable and deserves respect. Then there is the idea that even if you do not agree with the message you need to respect the courage of the messenger. So I applaud Greta – both her personally and her message. Someone needed to point out that the emperor has no clothes!!

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    • One of the things I was taught, from a young age, is that no amount of comfort is ever guaranteed. We grew up with relatively little, and never thought much of it. Some degree of sacrifice will be needed, by almost everyone, in order for the human race to survive.

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