Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dear Kwan Yin, Right Now I Think I Need A Dose Of The Serenity Prayer



Oh my dear Goddess Kwan Yin.  Lemme tell you.  Things have gone wild the last few days.  Here in the US, our states are fragmenting; politicians are ripping at our Constitution with the backing of major billionaires, trying to take over many states with a view to privatizing the resources of those states.  It's theft.   And we ordinary working folks, no matter what race we are, have big ol' targets on our asses cos' we got things they still want to strip away.  Like our voting rights.  And look at that Rep. King dude in Washington holding hearings about Muslim radicalization in America while totally blowing off the notion that American already has a terrorism problem with people who have connections to far right wing ideologies like neo Nazi-ism, nativism and white nationalism!  It's disgusting that those guys are ignored. No, no, gotta go after those Muslims.  9/11 and all that.  Funny thing is when it came to Rep. King regarding another terror group.  He liked the IRA... well, I maybe it's cos they were white and Catholic, but King more than tolerated them!   All the while in parts of the Arab world, people are throwing off, or trying to throw off the yokes of oppression and tyranny in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya for the sake of freedom and democracy.  We're losing it and they're choosing it.  Next upon our stage (with apologies to ELP) Japan had an 8.9 earthquake followed by a tsunami Friday  Damaged in that quake were some nuclear power stations with reactors that are damaged and in all likelihood, as I write this, going to have at least two meltdowns.  Disaster upon disaster for those hapless Japanese.  I think I'm close to information overload.  So many people hurting and in despair yet willing to go on and make it through today and then again through tomorrow.  Bewilderment.  That's what I feel.  A person can only do so much.  I forget I'm an al-anon type and should frequently take  the Serenity prayer's gentle reminder: 

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

1 comment:

Katherine said...

My favorite sociology professor called all of this "the death throes of the beast." He was an old Marxist-socialist who believed that we were simply in a stage before utopia. This might seem like a crazy idea, but when you look at so many other world ideologies, they espouse the same thing. My Mayan friend says that this is the bad stuff that is going to force humanity to take a different approach -- to live in harmony with Mother Earth. It begs the question, are their "predictions" correct or have we created some sort of self-labeling prophesy on a world-wide scale? It is a good time for the serenity prayer. Be mindful our breathing. It's all we can do sometimes.