Blog 1335 – 05.16.2019
“ And The Dark Sacred Night”
Today’s title comes from the second half of a phrase in one of my favorite songs, What A Wonderful World, my favorite version being Louis Armstrong’s but I also like my daughter Emily’s and even my own both attached:
The first half of that phrase that describes a wonderful world is: “The bright blessed day…” Also wonderful are all the other colors and shades in between. We live in a racially, politically, and religiously polarized society. It is a shame that too many laugh at diversity and progressive ideas preferring to look backwards and believe the propaganda that the United States Of America is a White Christian nation. That has never been true anymore than it was in South Africa. I looked up Caucasian in the dictionary and found this definition:
“Anthropology .(no longer in technical use) of, relating to, or characteristic of one of the traditional racial divisions of humankind, marked by fair to dark skin, straight to tightly curled hair, and light to very dark eyes, and originally inhabiting Europe, parts of North Africa, western Asia, and India.”
Well, that clears things up, racially we are all Caucasian’s so what’s all the hubbub about, Bub? I asked the question of my workmates that with Bernie Sanders and now Joe Biden leading the contenders for the 2020 Democratic Presidential race against I assume incumbent President Donald Trump, do we only get to choose from two old white guy whom we get to vote for? I am an old white guy, or at least I reside in a house that looks like one, so I can ask that question. Many people like to sing, “I’m Proud To Be An American.” First of all Americans live in a lot more places than the fifty states. All over the world they reside and especially in a whole hemisphere of people with two huge populated continents named North and South America. And I am proud that I was born and raised here but I am not proud of the way people act like they think they have a special claim on it. To me that is just as silly as one group of people thinking that they alone are God’s Chosen People. As I read the second half of the collection of books that many who think themselves “chosen” point to for justification, I see also a line that reads, “There is no longer Jew nor Gentile, male nor female (to which I would add ‘red, yellow, black, brown, or white) for we are all one in Christ.” Christ is “the anointed”, the “child” singular of the Divine , and we collectively are Him/Her.
In this “dark night of the soul” for many of us unhappy with the way old white guys have run things we look forward to seeing more women and people of other colors and shades having a chance to lead us together into new and better directions. The view of “us” against “others” is a tired old white guy view that is outdated and outmoded . It is time again for not just a change in leadership (or the lack thereof) but a change of heart and mind that recognizes not just the bright blessed day, but also the dark sacred night and all of the colors and shades in between that make up this beautiful patch-work quilt. In not just my opinion, it truly is a wonderful world.
Your friend and fellow traveler,