Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Perverted Good Intentions

Inspirational speaker and writer, Dr. Kent M. Keith has offered the following advice to those who seek to improve our world:

“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.  Love them anyway.

“If you are kind, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

“If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.  Succeed anyway.

“What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.  Build anyway.

“Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.  Be honest and frank anyway.

“People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.  Help people anyway.

“Give the world the best you have and it may just never be enough;  Give the world the best you have anyway.

“If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;  Be happy anyway.

“The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;  Do good anyway.

I suspect that people of faith strongly endorse the advise that Dr. Keith has offered.  However, faith is being perverted, by using it as a wedge, and even as a weapon.  We see violence perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for their faith, when in fact, they are betraying it.  ISIS is a brutal, vicious death cult, who in the name of their religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism, by subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, while claiming the mantle of religious authority.

Slavery was justified in the name of Christ.  Have Christians forgotten the Spanish Inquisition, Holocaust and other atrocities that have been committed by Christians?  For generations Muslims suffered under European colonial rule, which was preceded by the medieval crusades.  Recently, we invaded Iraq for its oil.  

The United Nations criticizes Israel for its occupation of Palestinian land, but its oppression of the Palestinian people continues.


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