I am fascinated by life and the way we live it. The way every single day there’s someone somewhere in the world going through a defining moment or experience. It could be something traumatic or something joyous. Yet somehow we can be so unaware of what is going on around us.
I thought about this while watching CNN covering a story about attacks in some country in the middle east. (I have become so accustomed to hearing these reports I don’t even bother to listen to where exactly they are happening). People lost their lives in these attacks yet I honestly didn’t feel any real feelings of sadness because of it. It was more like ‘Hmm more attacks there, what’s on BBC’ You know, the kind of reaction you give when Mum announces that we’re having tea and bread for breakfast. (That’s normal).
Needless to say, there’s nothing normal about a life lost. A life lost means a friend lost, a sibling lost, a parent lost, an employee lost, a child lost, a relative lost and the list could go on and on. The truth is, if the same thing were to happen to me, (God forbid it), I would want the whole world to know. I would want them to feel my pain just so maybe they would be moved enough to do something about it. I would want them to rally for our cause and be appalled at the catastrophic event. The sad truth is we rarely do anything about things that happen very far away from us. Far away enough for us to feel like there’s nothing we can do about it. There can never be nothing anybody can do. We can always do something even if it is as simple as praying! I like this quote I heard from Boston Legal from a German pastor who opposed the Nazis:-
‘First they came for the communists and I did not speak out because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me’
Maybe we need to ‘speak out’ or act about the things that are going on in our world today because they affect us directly or indirectly whether we see it or not. Maybe the least I can do right now is pray.
What can you do?