All things are full of weariness;
a man cannot utter it;
the eye is not satisfied with seeing,
nor the ear filled with hearing.
What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:5-6
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
If it’s only a crisis that pulls us together, then realize all is in crisis and pull together.
Hurricane Harvey hit parts of Texas and Louisiana hard—an official disaster. The news has been filled with stories of so many folks helping so many folks. Humans, flawed, but at their best.
There are Hurricane Politics that have been hitting parts of the world hard—an official disaster. The news has been filled with stories of so many folks divided against so many folks. Humans, flawed, but at their worst.
Will original sin be ever thus? Or will original blessedness, ever thus, emerge again? Perhaps the verse from Ecclesiastes cannot be interpreted as announcing an unchanging rut of negativity or why would so many prophets and so many religious texts propose the blessedness despite the apocalyptic visions?
We all know we can help. We all know we can divide. What “ever thus” shall we pursue?