Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Dear E-Hearts,

Do you remember Dumbledore's quote in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where he said, 

"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love."

I pity the living who think that power is invincibility, is control and is a substitute for responsibility, for love and for everything that makes us human and humane.


The fallacy is that if you have enough power then you won't be bullied, taken advantage of, touched or harmed in any way; be untouchable.  

No one has more superpowers than Jesus Christ, yet Christ was crucified.  

No one in ancient Rome was more powerful than Julius Caesar, yet Caesar was assassinated. 

My point is that power is not invincibility and it is not control over events greater than oneself.

There will always be those that are more powerful, more beautiful, more intelligent, more well, everything.  

It is a fallacy to think that if we have more, we can control how another person will use their power, however greater (or lesser).  

In other words, you do not control another person's sins or abuses of power.  

No matter how powerful you are, you cannot force another person to not sin, not delight in hate, to like or respect you.  

That person has to choose who they are, how and what to be.  

The question is that when you see an injustice or someone behaving badly, will you stand against it or walk on by like the priest and Levite and fail to be a Good Samaritan?

Defend the good within yourself and humanity?

And live with love?

Why have standards fallen so low? Where is the sense of honor and duty? There is no win or salvation in the shame of dishonor and indecency....