The impulse north korea peace
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The impulse north korea peace: And arts expensive all we said we're committed to infecting the world with the impulse to make peace.
- 2022-06-08 07:57:34
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- Winstead. The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in. I would add that when he says draftee. I'm imagining a shelter potentially so flimsy that it is hazardous to your health. Humans get ugly living with the stress of maintaining houses of delusions. That's why are six principal makes me nervous. I cannot remember a time in my adult life. When i believed humans could create a worldwide community with peace liberty and just. For all. So why on earth are we you use identifying our congregations. As affirming and promoting that goal isn't it tantamount to confessing that we are naive. And diluted about human nature. Perhaps the biggest stretch of all in this affirmation it's the thought of peace for all. Jim scott the uu hymn writer who will be appearing here friday night. On his way to montreal has a brief song that's in our grade hymnal called nothing but peace is enough. The first line says nothing but peace is enough for me. The next to say nothing but peace is enough. And it concludes by repeating the first line nothing but peace is enough for me. Now you might hear admirable commitment in these lyrics. I've never asked you to sing them because i feel like a fraud when i say that. I know that i am too easily seduced. Inda. zar grateful contentment. That i know are neither universal. Or enduring. And in those moments of unders. Standing. In those moments gratitude is enough for me. It's all i need. Doesn't have to be peace on a worldwide scale. I don't mean to pick on scott. But this level of affirmation of peace is a goldeneyes centuries of wisdom about the human weakness for violence and oppression. There's the greek philosopher plato. Only the dead have seen the end of war. The german military strategist von clausewitz. War is the continuation of politics. By other means. And then there's a real cynic ambrose bierce who says peace. Hey sister. of cheating between wars. But i'm not here to advocate that we throw out our six principal. I just want us to be very clear that it is one of our clearest examples that these principles are statements. Of how we aspire to live together not what we intend to accomplish. We aren't proclaiming a commitment to attain the unattainable. We aren't failures if our efforts. Don't lead to justice and liberty for all much less universal peace. We are failures. If we don't turn our communal effort towards such were. What is good in sacred has never been confined. To what is within our grasp. Our values or just to be honest about what is unattainable. But you remember. Unattainable is not the same as unapproachable or irrelevant. Stars that we have no way of reaching. Stars that might not even exist any longer in reality still shine in our skies. Every night. And often they illuminate our deepest thoughts. And feelings. Are six principal at best. Challenges us to be realistic without being defeatist. It's realistic to believe that world peace is unattainable. But experience teaches aspen moments of peace. And spaces of peace. Are constantly popping in and out of human history. Unitarian poet in tufts university english professor john holmes. Mapped out this accessible aspect of peace. He called it the peace not past our understanding. In the him that we just sang. Written in 1948. It's like. Falling out of tablecloth during the winter supper. Bike the shabbat meal that michelle and i had with three middlebury college you used to. Friday evening. This kind of piece is too simple to be scrutinized. Or whether it meets the definition of peace in some grand scheme. It's. Houses lighted every year. Year-after-year garden harvest. And holidays. And holmes went on to say this accumulation a little things too simple to be viewed as acts of making peace. Come true at last for those of god's goodwill. These are the things we mean by saying peace. The message here is that it is realistic to believe that simply by being peaceful. We strive for world peace. Best can we expand the domain of our encounters with peace. Can we ban the arc of the universe tour. Peace gesture. And liberty. But there's another step beyond this kind of peacemaking that's the conscious actions calculator. To extend what we have noah piece. Two other people. The poet denise levertov says. Do we have in our daily rhythms of a feeling. Toward p. Do we need to actually speak the forms of peace allowed others to shape them by there are actions to have an impact. She calls it applying the grammar of justice. Two are words of deeds. The syntax. Mutual aid. Libertad suggested in the 1980s that our lives were were like sentences that were structured to affirm. Profit and power. And peacemaking she said requires restructuring those sentences. The question what are two needs are. And to allow long pauses. I see a lot of wisdom in that. Sometimes peacemaking involves not doing things. Not saying things. Not getting caught up in the rush to what turns out. Beacon flea. Intentional nonviolent resistance made conspicuous. My refusal to go along. Am i experienced after say that tactic only works. When you were sure. Of what you love about humanity. And they are. I got that feeling. That assurance is more powerful than your anger. Eddie ray. Never talked said that only then can peace become fully realized poetry they just to say a beautiful energy. Field more intense than war and she visited. Posting into the world danza by stanza you may remember she said each active living one of its words. Guy i love. This imagery but. It feels a little bit. To worked out to advanced human brain. Thinking. 2 meme. I was looking for something that actually was more deeply instinctual. So i want to offer contagion. At the different metaphor. And poetry for peacemaking. A contagion has a bad name right now for obvious reasons. But you don't have to look far. Famous people assuring us that all kinds of emotional goodies are contagious. Confidence. Courage. Generosity. Kindness you name it you can find a study in a quote saying that that's contagious. And don't forget laughter. My father had an amazing laugh. Loud unrestrained. The only word for it was infectious. And i will never forget going to see the slapstick french comedy the mad adventures of rabbi yaakov with. It was his third time seeing it. That he would be getting roaring with anticipatory laughter a few seconds before every funny scene. It was pretty embarrassing at first i have to say. But soon i realized that most of the people around him couldn't resist his infections laugh and they were laughing too. At and with him at first but continuing riton and into the scene that was actually funny. Now maybe there were some folks. In the theater who were offended i didn't get that sense though. Has money python member john cleese once said. A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people. Psychologist daniel goleman. Says all emotions are contagious and i suspect that understates the role of contagion. In the universe as we know it. Life itself relies. Heavily-armed contagion. For evolution. But let's think about peacemaking in terms of what the new coronavirus is teaching us. Imagine. That instead of saying we are affirming in promoting world peace justice and liberty. And arts expensive all we said we're committed to infecting the world with the impulse to make peace. Let's consider. First we can hypothesize about the current nature. Of this infection using. The coronavirus is our guide. We must assume that the impulse to be involved in peacemaking is contagious. At least. In many forms. We must assume sadly. That the impulse to peacemaking. Can be damaging or even deadly two individuals heavily infected with devotion to it. Jess. As the outcomes of infection by the coronavirus vary widely with the location and the circumstances in which it was contracted. So does the outcome of peacemaking efforts. It's far more dangerous as a citizen of north korea. The publicly antagonize the government with a peacemaking gesture than it is for a citizen of the united states. And i'm not saying united states is the safest place in the world to do this. I'm just comparing it to north korea. We must assume that there are far more mild cases of the impulse to work on making peace. Then serious. We must assume that there are millions of carriers of the impulse who do not see themselves as infected in anyway. Yet who are none the less capable of acting in ways. That expose others. To the impulse. We must assume. That a true epidemic of peacemaking. Would have many unpredictable consequences. Not all of them positive. Just as the coronavirus epidemic would call tragic. Can have positive side effects. Like a sharp if temporary decrease. In global carbon emissions. We must assume that there are hotspots for this infection. And others where it isn't as visible. Or simply isn't present. Yeah. Now comes the part that really interest me as your minister. If cvuu asked aspired to be a hotspot for ps4. Hahaha better contagion. Who would we look for among us as our effective carriers. One of the reasons i offer communion here quarterly is that i believe jesus. If edited through a u u lens. Offer some good suggestions for cases like this. Where can we encounter folks. Who's health. Is the joy of living. Who do deprived a good are not lacking in goodness. Yes. Give us fellow cargo throughput our version of the sermon on the mount calls. Food for mine. And i pray cvu us is a sanctuary to gather those who hunger for righteousness. And that exceeds their desire for riches. Riches. Their thirst for integrity greater than their craving for. Has the uu version of jesus at least is interpreted by me said. They will show us the way of just. And i love. That is a road to happiness. Atlantis welcome. Each person whose heart is tender whose sympathy lift up the fallen. And give strength to the week for they will lead us. To making the kind of peace where the meaning of friendship. Is lifted up for all to see. And i see many among you. Many among you who cherished memory those who walk with you no more. Who are found in bereavement first-hand knowledge. That love outlives death. You blessed. With the understanding that in this respect. All who experience live are united as one. Are jesus also said the lonely seekers after truth. Those who risk their lives and fortunes to push back the night of ignorance disease and poverty are a blessing among us. I was thinking specifically of dr. morris earl jr travel to lebanon to serve syrian refugee children in a hospital run by doctors without borders. But he's not the only one among us. Who's example of services provided us with lasting inspiration in the realm. A peacemaker. I love that the last invocation in our communion. Approved glasses are impulse. The peacemaking is far more general. Then heroic. Blessed we say communion are they who build goodwill among people respecting the endless diversity of human identity. Preaching. If utility of strife. And seeking creative piece. We affirm that such words and works. From any among us. Live in our hearts. And express faith. That their work will enrich generations to come. Do for me. The communion words suggest cbus is thoroughly infected with people. We're capable of seeing themselves as blessed. And as a result. Capable of blessing the world. These words are inspirationally vague perhaps to the ears of an outsider. But in every verse. I see faces i recognized in this room. He remains fair. It's cynical. To ask whether we are mostly individualize viruses park temporarily in this still young organism struggling for vitality in the world. Hospital. Took brad progressive faith communities. But i look out. And i see. Beloved community building. And ever more precious version. Have the people's peace. Can i pray. The history will regard us in this ladder light. Play we live to make it so. Are closing.