This concludes the reprise – of one of my earlier posts – that began yesterday. I very much appreciate your indulgence in reading it, and also in offering your comments – both on and off the record! Please refer to “What’s the Use? (Reprise, Part 1) for some background on the origins of this post.
Also – don’t forget to submit one or several of your favorite quotations. I also would love for you to submit (original or not) complementary photos with the quotes, if you have any.
Politics is people. It is the interaction of people with one another and with events in this world. It is important, and it is of great use in everyday life because it intersects with every part of our day-to-day lives, just as faith does. Politics is often distasteful because of the laborious “busy-ness” and business of it…people, each from their own perspective and understanding, ying-yanging about what things are to be done, how to get things done, or whether to get things done, often all at the same time and about the same issues, ad nauseum: politicians working on their own behalf, or on the behalf of a privileged few at the expense of the many underprivileged and under-served citizens who put them in their positions in the first place. Small wonder many become disenchanted with the “system,” and/or feel disenfranchised.
Yes it is incredibly frustrating, just like the institutional church is, because politics, like the church, is the world, only more so…a concentrated dose of people-ness and other-ness. Busybodies and do-nothings as well as dynamos and caring, articulate people on all sides of any issue. The free expression of politics, as well as faith, is to be celebrated – and not dismissed as being useless, because it is how we learn about one another, their needs and perspectives, even those we sometimes turn away from, would otherwise dismiss, or don’t want to know. Learning and then teaching your children to be involved citizens in the world is very important because, again, if they do not stand up for something, they will fall to or before anything. Yes, show them that you are frustrated, but show them that you care, that you are working and hoping for and ultimately believing in the possibility of change. Show them that a vote and a single voice do matter, in both the eyes of the world, and in the ear and heart of God, because ultimately they do and always will.
St. Julian of Norwich wrote: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” I believe that, because I believe in the Love and Grace of God, and also because the more I come to understand history, the more I realize that this has always been true. Despite current apperances, the world is always turning toward the morning. If you so desire, life gets better. Besides, God has never failed me, and I know that though people I love sometimes may, God never will. I pray for you the very best. . .
. . .and for all of my Gentle Readers, enough. . .