Every Man is Responsible to Every Other Man
December 24, 2011
Whenever one of us dies a great hole is made, a thread is broken one of a kind is no more and sometimes we even realize that not one of us ca n count the loss. How wonderful is each human being, how good even the worst of us, how priceless even the greatest inflictor of pain -- if we were not blind we would know the truth of loving our enemies, of loving those who misuse us, those who have set us all back, those who have shortened our lives and frustrated our dreams and put us through the worst of our nightmares -- if only man knew the value of man -- saw the good -- overlooked the evil to see the blinded one who, as Jesus is reported to have said of the Jews, know not what they do.
There is a better way for all of us to live -- a way to
realize such universal goodness and delight in one another and in this universe we are priviledged to experience for an instant as sentient beings who can be friend and brother and appreciator of one another.
Believe this and you are there and you will take others there as well. And then our economic relations will transform to righteousness, where all of our labor is to benefit others and make them happy and fill them with the spirit of gratitude for all that is possible, for all that has been and may be.
Each of us can shed evil -- be delivered from it. Live for others.
None of us is so bad -- no matter what we have done to others, no matter what spirt of evil had hold of us -- we can be delivered -- from the hurt, the fear, the indignation at others for injustice and cruelty that gave birth to the same in us -- we can be delivered -- set free.
To all of you failures, for all of you always haunted by your guilt for what you have done to others and what you failed to do and what you did to yourself when you could have done differently, I am one with you and you are loved by this fellow failure --
my father died this morning
love your father if you still have him and everyone -- there are still people alive who look to you and could be born into a better life if you will show them your unconditional love (and forgiveness and acceptance) for them.
Every man is responsible to every other man