Sunday, January 02, 2005

A Prayer

Dear G_d,

Why do You cause so much misery and destruction? I'm not talking about man-made decisions that caused loss and grief, such as suicide bombers and wars and genocides. Those are a consequence of man's Free Will, and I believe we humans are supposed to take responsibility for those. I'm talking about those things the insurance companies call "acts of G_d" and other people call "natural disasters." I'm talking about hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, volcano eruptions, spontaneous fires, earthquakes and tsunamis.

It's really hard to reconcile Your existence with what appears to be punishment of innocents.

I want to try to find meaning, or at least a Lesson, 'cause that's what I do:

If this tragedy gives rise to better communication among the world's scientists, bureacrats, politicians, if it shrinks the global village so we all better understand that no one is really safe until everyone is safe, if we who are privileged to have enough food and shelter for today learn to share what we have with those in need today, without self-seeking, without status-seeking, even without tax-deductions, then maybe the hundreds of thousands will have died for a purpose. Blaming can never bring them back.

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Postscript January 16, 2005

"…if there is to be meaning in the world, we need to put it there."
by Susan Neiman, "The Moral Cataclysm" in today's NYTimes Magazine

Right on, Susan.

11 comments:

sirbarrett said...

Writing these letters is always a good exercise. It made me think of what I'd write if I could only find the postal code.

http://sirbarrett.blogspot.com/2005/01/do-not-keep-your-light-under-basket.html

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