Speech and act reveal our fate.
Tonight we watch the 1997 Academy Award-nominated documentary directed by William Gazecki, Waco: Rules of Engagement, as well as final segments of MSNBC's The [Timothy] McVeigh Tapes.
Horrible and horrible. (Not the film or tapes, both were engaging, but the underlying deception of the ATF and FBI in the first, and the course of stated/actual response by McVeigh in the second.)
The government and the former soldier.
It's little wonder trust -- as well as language -- has been pulverized.
Augustine of Hippo said:
"Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are."
(As quoted in Spirituality and Liberation: Overcoming the Great Fallacy (1988) by Robert McAfee Brown, p. 136)
Thomas Merton said,
"But first we realize that we are going to have to create a new language of prayer.'
(from closing statements and prayer from an informal address delivered in Calcutta, India (October 1968), from The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, 1975)Trust no one?
No, trust the one not asking for trust. One displaying authentic words not trying to convince, excuse, or explain. Language must be allowed to speak for itself and thereby act for itself. We know true sound.
Trust the one whose acts are right and true in harmony with wholeness of sight. No cameras, no payoff, no applause, no promotion or public relations coup attached. We know correct action.
Our time is out of joint. It is halved and quartered. What we know in our profound and hidden center of being is flayed and minced by opportunistic, heartless, and core-less demagogues.
It is a harsh and dangerous time. Nevertheless, we must be prepared for larger and more devious lies.
But, take heart.
Silence originates authentic speech.
Stillness is ever-present origin of healing act.
Prayer pushes through the hardest ground, springing a deeper more redolent hope.