Being blind to what is around you is more than something that inadvertently happens. It is, for many, a profound statement of ignorance that we repeatedly, often knowingly, make. One’s blindness to the pain and suffering of those within sight should be more than something we struggle to talk about; it should be a crime against humanity.
Whitney is a lady of peace. She holds the principle of peace close to her heart and soul. She believes, rightly so I think, that we ignore it at our peril. Raising consciousness (including protesting), wearing symbols (letter others know where you stand), and being aware are all crucial elements of what it means to be alive! There is much that I continue to learn from her example. It is relevant to care about what is happening in other parts of the world. Being engaged in the political process is more than an obligation it is a privilege. Thinking about something is only a first step, action is required if one actually believes in the principle.
The gap between rich and poor is often apparent. Singapore is a place of serious wealth walking side by side with those struggling to simply pay the bills. Consumption is respected, encouraged, and in many cases worshipped. As I walked with the Spirit last night, God reminded me that peace and compassion are sides of the love coin expressed as one live. If we do not strive for peace, we do not love. If we are not dispensing compassion, we do not love. If we do not see opportunity for peace of compassion, we do not love.
I walked by the Raffles and a late party was still in full swing. The invitation was clear! “‘Come,’ they say, ‘let's have a party. Let's go out and get drunk!’ And tomorrow, more of the same: ‘Let's live it up!’” (Isaiah 56.12) This invitation occurs in many ways. Being blind has its rewards.
You and I are invited to care, to strive for peace, and to, in all things and with every individual, be compassionate.
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