There is no end to the magnificence and horror in the human drama. Across the continents, humanity rises to every challenge, sinks to any depth. We cherish each heartbeat and murder at will. We bless nature’s miracles, yet wreck our neighbourhoods.
We accept this polarity as human nature then move on in our ‘glassy essence’. All the while our righteousness lords over other life; yet we beseech gods for mercy. Our anger flares to violence; yet we demand justice. We covet ceaselessly, give generously.
Not least, so many suffer relentless poverty, each day wondering at living another; so many are refugees from disaster or violence; so many are victims of injustice.
Yet despite the increasing vulnerability of life on Earth, we may well be coming to terms with the ‘marble and mud’ of our existence.
Some believe there are stirrings of hope, a new grace, a resurrection of humanity. Perhaps, we understand more clearly that our living – this one-shot, too-quick breath of existence – must embrace an inherent responsibility towards the living of others.
There are two crucial questions:
“How deeply do I care about our common future?”
“How do I actually make a positive difference?”
As our intertwined fate becomes a more commanding subject for discussion, we need increasing commitment to finding creative and realistic efforts to combat poverty, famine, injustice and disease, by engaging in the essential connection of good intent