Animating Director, peaceCENTER, September 10, 2006
San Antonio Express-News
"I keep finding myself on the right side of the wrong question," someone recently commented. |
It made me wonder how many people in our current context find themselves in similar situations, trying to make their way through news, myriad questions, polarization of answers and inevitable side-taking and name-calling. People running here and there, searching for the truth without taking the time to discern the underlying questions.
So, what is truth? It's a question whose answer will never be found in a polarized stance. The answer can be found only in dialogue and the ritual of relationship.
If you don't know the kind of person I amIt is in the knowing of each other that relationships are formed that strengthen the search. William Stafford, in his poem "A Ritual to Read to Each Other," attempts wisely to get at the root of our wonderings and wanderings as we reach for the truth.
And as elephants parade holding each elephant's tail,Some would say we are living in cruel times. The facts are difficult to recognize, let alone speak their truth with so much occurring all around us. War and rumors of wars. Torture and terrorism. Demise and dislocating communities. Growing gap between wealthy and poor. Rights and liberties at risk. Religion and its influence. Alliances and defiances.
In this post-9-11 world, these realities swirl around us. We are waking up five years after this atrocity in a world suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome on a global scale. Some claim to have the answers and the truth, but there are many of us who have many more unanswered questions in search of the truth.
What is the truth? Who do we believe? Who do we trust? What are the roots of our personal and global anxiety-ridden situations? Who is friend and who is foe? Do we just hook our trunks to the tails in front of us and go blindly through the circus? I think not. We are called into a deeper wisdom.
And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,One hundred years ago to the date of this Sept. 11, Mohandas K. Gandhi began a nonviolent movement in South Africa. He developed the word and philosophy of nonviolence, which he called Satyagraha. It literally means truth or soul force. Satyagraha is as much about searching for truth as it is speaking truth.
More important, it is about ordinary people discovering their voice with great courage to be and speak their portion of the truth even if it goes against the dominating flow. Great power can be found there.
We have a great history in San Antonio of an interfaith community that is built on relationships bringing us through the civil rights movement, 9-11 and so much more! Don't you think we owe it to those who died on 9-11 and future generations to remember who we are as a community, believe in each other, trust each other, seek truth together and find our soul force again?
For it is important that awake people be awake,
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