keeping up the energy

Sometimes it’s hard to find the energy to wake up each morning and fight against injustice, and after the events of a day like today, it would be easy to give up and say, “to hell with the world.”  I won’t recount to you my entire day (at least not in this post), but I will share with you one of the unfortunate events of the day: learning that the orphanage sewing workshop, whose story I had been following closely, was last night invaded by soldierswho stole all the materials and equipment, a workshop that was used to earn money for the girls orphanage (read the story tagged above and previous stories).

In a conversation today, the enormity of the horrors of this world were all too clear, and the ease at which one might give up on a positive future were very much apparent.   But near the end of the conversation, I recalled to the group the sixth of Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s Six Principles of Nonviolence: “Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.”  Or to phrase it another why I heard, “the arch of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

I certainly feel that I couldn’t be working toward a world full of love, justice, and peace if I didn’t feel that — some day in the future — it was possibility to accomplish these things.  Many might categorize me as naive or unrealistic to think some “utopia” of a world is possible, but I say, “why not?”  There may be some kind of evil or badness is us, but I also know that there is a whole lot of love and humanity in every person out there, and we as a species need to cultivate that love and humanity in those around us.

In a world with so much out there to depress and frustrate us, we are called to avoid apathy and ignorance and to build relationships and work toward peace and justice.  It is our duty to love and to seek out ways that all around us might find that love.  We must work to break down the barriers that separate us and blind us to our commonalities and work to truly find what unites us as a common humanity.

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4 Responses to keeping up the energy

  1. Peg says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the sewing shop. The world needs more people like you who are willing to give of themselves to work toward peace and justice. We need to pray for the people who are so full of hate that their hearts might find love. That God’s love might be shared with all those who need it. It is not naive, but hopeful to think that the world might someday live in peace and all people might have justice. I too believe that it is possible for every human being to love. Peace

  2. farlane says:

    Sometimes I think there need to be bumper stickers like “Life is for Everyone” and “Everyone eats.”

    Peace.

  3. Rebecca says:

    You are the possibility, brother. As the Northwestern Ohio Synod-ELCA gathered this weekend and your parents shared your story, we learned about peace efforts in the world, prayed for you and your team, and shed lots of tears and gave lots of hugs in the hope that you and those you serve will remain safe in God’s care.

  4. Karen Saupe says:

    Eric–thanks for having the courage and tenacity to do what you are doing. I’m eager to hear more in person–see you soon.

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