This morning I was mulling over the need for hope in our movement...but I didn't reallly have anything wise or otherwise to say. Then I opened up my email and found the following must-read piece. Jay has been one of the most active members of the Passion of the Present community..here is his response to the call for ideas yesterday.
Date: Thu Sep 23, 2004 8:35:57 AM US/Eastern
Subject: Suggestions: Focus not on the TECHNIQUE or approach, but RADICAL COMMITMENT
A suggestion? That each of us that are involved examine our commitment level - take encouragement from the commitment we find, FIND the commitment we don't find.
Why are the people of Darfur being tortured? There is but one answer - lack of commitment (% of time, energy, resources) on the part of the world's people. How can the necessary commitment come about? The only way it ever does. It starts with a few INDIVIDUALS that are radically, unmistakably, heroically committed; these committed few hold on, they don't give up. Others start to notice - "hey, Mikey likes it!" Hmmmm, maybe this is so important I should spend my time, resources, energy on this!!! The Sudan Government is radically Committed TO the Genocide - unmistakably. The army on the ground is radically Committed TO the Genocide - unmistakably. To perpetrate their Genocide THEY ARE TEMPORARILY FORGOING THEIR "NORMAL LIVES." Where is the force of people, individuals, that is EQUALLY RADICALLY COMMITTED AGAINST THE GENOCIDE?
Lack of Radically Committed Individuals is the problem; not the UN, not Bush who are FOLLOWERS. WE THE PEOPLE MUST LEAD. WE THE PEOPLE, INDIVIDUALLY are the problem. "Be the change you want to see," Gandhi.
Am I as an individual going to be part of the solution, Radically, Unmistakably committed? This is what we must ask ourselves day in and day out. And we MUST TAKE JOY and ENCOURAGEMENT those times that the answer is YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is what we CAN do. This is what we MUST do.
Hey, this suggestion above, this suggestion is as old as time, and equally old are the deaf ears we humans relentlessly turn to it:
* Do unto others ALL (ALL!!!!!!) that you would have them do unto you.
* Love your brother AS YOURSELF (AS YOUR SELF)!!!!!!!
These are extremely radical directives!!!!!!!!!!! RADICAL!!!!!!! RADICAL COMMITMENT (RADICAL SELFLESSNESS!!!!!!!), is the only hope for our brothers and sisters in Darfur.
Are there examples of such RADICAL COMMITMENT against the Genocide in Darfur? YES. Examples are people of:
* FIGHTORDIE.ORG 7 day per week Vigil at the NYC/UN Sudan Embassy
* SUDANCAMPAIGN.ORG protesters, especially those that got arrested
With these examples, it is less WHAT they did, IT IS THEIR RADICAL COMMITMENT that brings hope.
West Chester, PA
ps: We've all heard this one right? "The chicken is "involved", the pig is "committed" :-)