for Columbus Day
Last week this quote was tweeted by Greg_Boyd:
“You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the…distance of miles, there is complicity.” R.W.Emerson
I also found this quote from Desmond Tutu:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
I had a friend explain it to me this way – If you lived in a village by a river and saw a wounded person floating down the river, you would jump in go get them. You would bring them to shore to do what it took to restore them to health.That is Mercy.
If more and more bodies kept floating down stream and so the people in your village set up a hospital to tend to all the injured people who kept floating down stream – that is Mercy Work.
While you were tending to all these injured people, one of you asks “what is injuring all these people and how are they ending up in the river?” – now you have entered the area of Justice.
If someone decides to disengage from the situation at hand and puts together a team to go hike upstream and find out the source of all this damage – that is Justice Work.
[for more on this – here is a link to last week’s article]