Monday, December 19, 2011

Put Your Armor On

The only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke
Hello Geo
The advocates of error
Foresee the glorious morn,
And hear in shrinking terror
The watchword of reform:
Ir rings from hill and valley,
I breaks oppression's chain.
A thousand freemen rally,
And swell the mighty strain.

In the North, Winter is slowly approaching like a company of silent tanks. And before it, to announce it, are the cold biting winds of ignorance. This is a time for holidays, joy, festivities, families and happiness. But, as one guest author pointed out, it has become a time for the frenzy of shopping, trying to get the latest game or gadget before the store is sold out. Beginning on Black Friday where people, who should have been enjoying the echoes of Thanksgiving for harvest, were lined up in the cold ready to participate in the mad mob wrestling match of bargain shopping.

As the Winter comes in it is not enough just to be armed with coats, gloves. boots, hats and scarves. In the dark and hidden places are the pockets of poorness and despair that grip the world even worse than the season of ice. And galloping behind Santa's reindeer is a herd of vicious, mindless beasts whose only purpose is to destroy.

Those who claim the homeless refuse to work should not have their homes taken away from them by a compassionless bank. That sort of revenge would do nothing. The should be educated out of their prejudice. Those who say if you don't have a job it's your own fault should not be laid off from a secure position to walk the streets in this shaky economy looking for any nonexistent job. That sort of revenge does nothing. They should be educated out of their ignorance. Those who hoard their wealth should not be reduced to poverty. That sort of revenge would do nothing. They should be educated out of their greed. Those who rhapsodize about America being the greatest country in the world should not be forced to live in the places where it isn't. They should be educated to know those places are there.

For centuries, the world over, civil disobedience has been a powerful means for bringing down the tyrants. It helped to establish the labor unions which protected the working person from the tyranny of insecurity, exploitation and unfair and unhealthy working conditions. Civil disobedience brought about the Civil Rights legislation. It brought about the American and other revolutions. It has brought down monarchs and set up national self government.

So now the Occupiers of the world, risking safety, harm and their lives, are sounding "the watchword of reform" and, as usual, it is met by the strong arm of the tyrant. But, also as usual, it will be heard by those who are terrified by ignorance or guilt.

To pass safely through this Winter we need the armor of righteousness, honest endeavor, persistence and faith. We need the coats and hats that allow us to stand sturdily against the cold blasts of ignorance. And we need to never give up as we work for the "glorious morn.".

Let the culprits run and hide if they will ad leave the world for the real people to bustle in.

Dana Bate - Vagabond Journeys
Never Give Up
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This is an invitation for anyone and everyone to post a entry of their own on my journal, Vagabond Journeys

The end of the year holidays are soon upon us and since it is a time for celebrations, remembrances, resolutions and plans for the future I know that people have a lot to say.

Not to take away from the postings on your journals, but to add to the joy of my own celebrations is why I invite you to write for mine.

I want to read what your thoughts are about this magical time of the year. This invitation is open to everyone: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Pagans, Agnostics, Atheists and the Uncertain.

Tell me your thoughts on Chanukah, Christmas, Ashura, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, New Years Eve. or any subject you wish or associate with this holiday season.

There are no limits in regard to length. The only limitation is that, for reasons so far unexplained to me, my blog does not take photographs, animations, videos or pictures of any kind. I deal in words.

Please accept my invitation. Send your entry to my email address I will copy and paste it into my journal and it will be displayed promptly. You may sign your name or not as you wish, and you may leave a link to your blog or your email or not, as you wish. I will do NO editing or censoring. Eloquence is not necessary, mind or heart or both is all.

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1 comment:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I hope that those that need comfort and shelter get some, and that those that have hate in their heart find time to reflect, and that all can find peace and joy during the holidays.