Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Idealism is the province of the young. Usually, young people are the ones who believe we can stop war, feed all the hungry, house the homeless, share and love. The world needs idealism.
After a few (or more) years, cynicism creeps in. "Seen that, been there, done that," "and look where we are today"-- "nothing works."
Two opposite points of view. There's validity on both sides. For those who are fed, housed, kept from war or slavery, given a chance to follow their dreams, to these individuals, the works of mercy have been so important, on a real-life, nitty-gritty experiential level. For those who have been saved, once or more than once, I rejoice. For those who have not been touched by the care/ idealism of others, I ache.
For those who live in the frame of mind where nothing helps, nothing matters, real change is impossible, I'm sorry. The world is getting worse, but there are bright spots, everyday heroes, everyday kindnesses.
"Love your neighbor," says God. Even more challenging is the "love your enemies." Great ideals to strive for, whether we see the world as hopeless or just needing some work.