“The things that upset us,” Bono once said, “too often distract us from the things that should upset us.” I recognize the truth of this in my own life all too painfully often.
An American friend wrote to me recently: "this US political situation takes some digesting... or at least learning how to handle the indigestion." Well put! Whether or not it is digestible remains to be seen, but living with indigestion cannot be avoided.
Democracy today seems to be moving in the direction of dictatorship through the alienation of large swathes of voters who feel disengaged from the activities of a political elite.
The Christian Gospel enjoins us (unless it has changed recently) to meet fire with love. To love our enemies, to love those who persecute us.
Isn't it the "realists" who have run out of ideas? Isn't it the so-called "sane" who are following policies doomed to fail?
This morning the emotion of the last days caught up with me. Perhaps it was the pent-up emotion of having arrived in Paris last Friday evening just before the killing started.