The Moral of the Story

A blogger friend of mine reblogged this piece, and I am compelled to do likewise. I have felt like a dragon spewing fire all day by blog, tweet and post. I am angry, and I am angriest at those who aren’t angry at all. But anger only gets us so far. And we pay a terrible price for it in the long run.

So I share this excellent piece by TheLuddbrarian, “The Moral of the Story”. It is so thoughtful and intelligent… and those are the two qualities most glaringly absent in the midst of racist hatred. Thoughtfulness. Intelligence.

The notion of “mutual aid” being the foundation for the evolution of human society and advancement is so simple, it is instantly recognized as truth. Yet in these troubled times, we seem so far removed from mutual anything — let alone any sense of obligation to each other as human beings.

I will be honest: I am not hopeful. At least not for the foreseeable future. Perhaps our species will find its way back to cooperation, obligation and mutual assistance. If that is to happen, it will be thanks to countless conversations that must begin now, like waves lapping at the shore. And to that end, I share this. Because my flamethrower is tapped out for now.

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When surveying the news of recent days, weeks and months it can be a rather troublesome exercise to ask the question: what is the moral of this story? Granted, not every story has a moral—the news is not a fable, after all—and sometimes the lesson to be gleaned is not a particularly uplifting one. Indeed, it may be a lesson that we had been certain we had learned so long ago as to make the retelling seem anachronistic. And yet, even if we are seeing the headlines courtesy of the latest technological innovations the content of those headlines is a reminder that we are not as far removed from yesterday as some would like to think.

From Ferguson to Cleveland to New York City – it is proving to be a brutally cold winter. On Tuesday, December 2, Americans were encouraged to participate in the festive showing of conviviality known…

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7 comments

  1. Steve, we must remain positive and work for the rights we see are lacking, otherwise we’ll all just become depressed. The news these days is so depressing. We must inspire one another to make a difference! Terrific re-blog, thank you! ❤

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  2. Steve, your own thoughts are expressed as eloquently as the post you re-blogged.

    We watch from afar with horror at what is occurring in your country but all the while depressed in the knowledge that much the same sentiment is being expressed here in relation to those who seek asylum in our country. (It is only school children who take on board the second verse of our national anthem that includes the words “For those who come across the seas, we’ve boundless plains to share.”)

    Today our Senate passed legislation that will move us away from our obligations in relation to the UN Refugee Convention and give unprecedented powers to the Minister for Immigration to decide the fate of thousands of asylum seekers. The USA is not the only country to have forgotten the humanity of all people.

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