Thankfully we have the example of Peter – A man called Pope Francis I, leading by following the saintly example of love for all life upon earth; reminiscent of a universe as great as clean flowing rivers and as small as the pollinators of our dwindling food chain.
When peaceful protest is met with violence, is not our American rainbow stained tea brown with a confederacy of hypocrisy, ending not with gold but, thirty pieces of silver?
How can an under-informed mob, led by myopic example, deliver us from the wide gate and broad road to self-destruction? Like herded sheep, we’re hell bent on reincarnating the dust to ashes of 1431 flame throwers consuming a listening saint for winning.
Must we continually follow examples that embed McCarthyism in our DNA?
Leading by an example of denial, feigning the parting of our GOP Red Sea, don’t we risk staining our true blue American desire for all-inclusive exceptional opportunity? Leading by phasing out Lincoln’s preserved nation with KKK Pride, Bailout Envy, Oil Wrath, Pharmaceutical Gluttony, evangelical Christian House Speaker Lust, Koch Governors’ Sloth and Wall Street Banker Greed.
When nature is last up at bat, will earth be struck out, or will it be hit away into the bowels of the great Red dragon of a Feudal Grand Old Party?
When ignorance leads by example, are not mob-rule, fear and hate its clarion in hot pursuit of an enslaved past as prologue for abuse of reasonable thought?
Perhaps if we could but touch the hem of His garment, Revelation would be humanity’s Enlightenment. Shouldn’t wisdom transform our knowledge into a balance of the trinity of national security, individual happiness and global sustainability?
Each dawn inspires expectation, promising, with human cooperation, fulfillment through a harmonious earthly ensemble.
At the end of our days, if having lived as a Good Samaritan example, we will have earned the right of passage to the ultimate freedom: the peace that transcends our hearts and minds with mutual acceptance.
Although nothing is guaranteed, especially when those claiming to be Right think it’s good to deny different points of view. The freedom of making choices, like free speech not money talks; how to die; non-repetitive media gossip; voting in elections. Take ten from Moses or ten from Madison, or both, or neither. Whether giving birth or not, peaceful assembly (as in non-violence against protesters) — dare we dream income parity, or allowed sexual preferences, gender self-identification, equal economic opportunity, and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances concerning any of the above?
So what leads are we following for peace on earth and a piece of earth surviving Corporatism, Global Warming and human over-consumerism?
We have more choices than the extremes of a CIA Bay of Pigs and Tibetan Shangri-La, but not as much time to make them. Climate injustices march ever closer to abrupt loss of clean and plentiful water, food and air, with the immediacy of vanishing species.
This planet is the last remnant of a kingdom entrusted to our stewardship. So is life to be both metaphor and the reality of global potential at war with individuals missing the point of our existence?
By what example shall we lead? Disasters at nuclear plants? Russian planes buzzing American Ships? TV peddling talking Koch heads? Mass appeal for media hype of papal handshake? Nukes for new cold war ? Or, even if unable to avoid or reverse, leading by multiple examples of human kindness.
Let us choose to lead not by ignorance and denial, but by being the solid rock, on which all living on earth can build a life of liberty in the pursuit of happiness.
Humankind is not alone, but if we continue acting like we are, we soon will be.