Believing is Seeing

Maybe we’ve had it backwards all along. It wouldn’t be the first time. Maybe Ralph Hodgson is the one who had it right:

Some things have to be believed to be seen

Hodgson – the man, the myth, the English pastoral Georgian poet

These are discouraging days in a lot of ways and it is very easy to lose faith in our government, our media, and our society. But maybe everything is so degraded because that is what we expect of it. Who expects politicians to be honest? And how can we say we do, if we continue to elect people who lie to our face and dare us to do something about it? How can we expect truth when there are no consequences for blatant, repeated dishonesty?

As a parent, we do not expect our children to be perfect from the start. They will make mistakes. It is up to the parents to teach their children right from wrong. We each do that differently – some with gentle encouragement and some with harsh punishment – but the bad parent, and the bad citizen, is the one who accepts misbehavior with a shrug or cynical laughter.

Maybe it is time for us to stop looking for a leader to solve our problems and assume the mantle of leadership ourselves.

If the people will lead, eventually the leaders will follow

Florence Robinson
Can't see nothing in front of me
Can't see nothing coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me
Lost track of how far I've gone
How far I've gone, how high I've climbed
On my back's a sixty pound stone
On my shoulder half mile of line

Come on up for the rising
Come on up lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

Left the house this morning
Bells ringing filled the air
I was wearing the cross of my calling
On wheels of fire I come rolling down here

Come on up for the rising
Come on up lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight

There's spirits above and behind me
Faces gone black, eyes burning bright
May their precious blood bind me
Lord as I stand before your fiery light

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