Good people, some well intentioned, do things that are less than ideal. Responding to the immediate will often lead one to being focused on things that are at best mistakes. The question is simple; can we see beyond the immediate and do what will make a real difference in the future? Are we destined to tread water, buffeted by the lunacy of the present?
There are far too many people talking for the sole purpose of expressing sounds and noises. It is as if they need to be part of a larger community and the way of accomplishing that goal is to engage. Intentional purpose is not automatic; there is little rhyme or rhythm to their words. One struggles to find beauty and purpose. There are no obvious links to building up anyone or anything. It is far too easy to find ones’ self following lead of “the woman [who] took the hint and left. In her confusion she left her water pot.” (John 4.28)
The fact that our “flee or fight” response is driven by real experience doesn’t change the fact that we are fleeing, fighting, or trying to do both! Were we hurt by our experience? Absolutely and unequivocally yes! Should those who caused the pain be accountable? Surely! Is it your or my job to bring justice in this situation? Ah, the question that should haunt us all.
What if we moved beyond our pain and focused on those who cannot defend themselves? Could the calling of those unable to flee or fight be the best answer to life’s injustice? Can we protect the foundations of our livelihood in all types of circumstances or are we doomed to lose our “pots” in the process?
I have seen far too many victims to ignore the price of arrogance and exploitation. If I even consider ignoring reality the scars on my back are still too painful to look the other way. The question is, as always, what will you and I do now, today, in the moment that is present. The answer is our future.