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(((Vesper Stamper))) @vesperillustrat
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#AntiSemitism emerges strongly when a civilization is in decline. It's like clockwork. This is not new—we've been seeing it for 2,000 years. We each need to ask ourselves how we may have contributed to our own self-destruction, and make the radical choice to love our neighbor.
The reason for this emergence is that when a culture is in decline, from fear, citizens refuse to look at their own contribution, and therefore must externally displace blame. Seeing it in almost every tweet about this evil shooting. Germany didn't get there in a vacuum; nor we.
Every case of Jew-hatred we see, from Charlottesville to Pittsburgh, is a symptom of our crumbling demise. It knows no political party; this hatred is systemic and murderous and we don't fight it with more rage. We fight it with love—getting in each other's lives in radical love.
I think of @hendrixart 's book, The Faithful Spy, which I finished last night. Bonhoeffer was ultimately unsuccessful, and paid with his life. For what, I ask myself? And then I see how every decision he made was one of love and sacrifice. You don't get there in a vacuum, either.
These are questions I ask myself *daily*—how can I hold to my convictions and choose to love God and neighbor, even when—especially when—it makes the least sense? "Good" people can find themselves full of murderous rage, given the right circumstances. We add to the disease&decay.
This is why I say "radical" love. It's not some "thoughts and prayers" pablum. Who in my life right now needs some real human care? This is how we build muscle, moral muscle. Spiritual muscle. I'm going to ponder this today. May God give Tree of Life synagogue peace.
And this isn’t to denigrate thoughts & prayers. I do think, I do pray. I do hold memory. But thoughts, and prayers, and remembrance, must find their expression in proactive, positive actions. The time for passivity is dead. Love in action, now.
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