Learning — William Stafford (A Statement of Conscience)

Learning — William Stafford (A Statement of Conscience)

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I try to avoid politics but today is an exception because, to borrow a phrase, I can do no other.
 
I grew up in a time when the United State of America was, as the phrase goes, a beacon of hope for much of the world.  No country is ever perfect but our strength was striving to make a better world.  That vision is under attack and has already corrupted our political system in ways that were unimaginable not so long ago. The question before us a month from now is if this is what we have become or if we will try to learn and keep faith with our values.
 
To borrow another phrase, this time from Dune,
“Fear is the mind killer” and the campaign of Donald Trump is an example of fear’s power.
 
But the unavoidable is, in a democracy,
the people get the government they deserve.
 
(This is the only political statement I plan to make but I understand that there will be readers who will be upset. There is a link at the bottom of each posting for unsubscribing.)
 
 

Learning
 
A piccolo played, then a drum.
Feet began to come – a part of the music.  Here comes a horse,
clippety clop, away.
 
My mother said, “Don’t run –
the army is after someone
other than us.  If you stay
you’ll learn our enemy.”
 
Then he came, the speaker.  He stood
in the square.  He told us who
to hate.  I watched my mother’s face,
its quiet.  “That’s him,” she said.
 
~ William Stafford ~
 
(The Way It Is)
 

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