Philip j. Rappa
Alpha and Omega
is seriously wrong when the survival of the human race becomes the overriding
theme at our family gatherings. When each waking moment, and those just before
falling asleep are overwhelmed by the question of the survivability of our
species -something is terribly amiss.
our never-ending history of carnage and destruction, I question whether we are
nothing more than clothed apes in a circus we curiously call humanity? Resigning
itself to a well-trodden path, scored and paved over by its oldest philosophy,
mankind hastily rambles toward the future. Its maxim: The end justifies the
time after time, when we unshackle the baseness of our nature and let it take
its course we allow it to ravage the earth and its people. Proving once again
the truth that we are more than just capable.
In fact, we seem to have an innate desire to stoop to the apex of our
lowest creed: that of Neanderthal. In the aftermath, leaving intact our hunter
mythology unscathed and little else.
when the dust settles, once again we righteously give ourselves the liberty to
stand erect. Calmly we go about
preening each other while blithely masquerading acts of civility during our
scant moments of peace.
we are on the planet of the apes, standing tall in the shadow of a giant
monolith, called Inc. Death wearing
a top hat and tails petitions us to be our chaperone; even luck has forsaken us,
in this a time of unbridled chaos. Arguments
seem senseless as to whether happenstance or providence brought us to this
question arises, whom shall we appoint to lead us?
Someone special to heed this clarion call for an endgame of biblical
proportions. Where does one find a
leader so audacious - someone pious and self-righteous enough to strike the
first blow; our very own Scaramouch kind of a mirror image of our inner child?
ponder the absence of surprise, or lack of irony in our situation.
But instead I find it most appropriate, that in the beginning of the
twenty-first century, at the pinnacle of modern man’s knowledge and
technological prowess, we finally arrived together at the crossroads.
if we take an accounting of ourselves, is it not abysmal that nowhere on earth
amongst all the world’s governments can we find a statesman or diplomat in
these troubling times? Is it not
loathsome that nowhere on earth amongst all the world’s religions can we find
a theologian that is a peacemaker or a person of peace?
Is it not contemptible and despicable that amongst all those we have
given the right and means to represent us, bear none, lack the capacity,
conviction, nor the spine to do so.
in solitude and silence, I meditate, calming my restless mind.
I focus my thoughts on our dilemma, seeking to find an answer to mitigate
our present course, believed by some to be a prophesied apocalyptic end.
find an alternative to the one presently offered – a glimmer of hope to
illuminate the way will demand nothing less of us than individual courage.
On this day, this very hour, during our watch, if reason and logic are to
prevail over fear, each of us must judiciously hold a conscious trial of our own
principles. For it matters little
that our governments and theologies have violated these same principles.
Still, no one could find cause enough for us to abandon them.
good conscience, be true to yourself and do something.
© Philip J. Rappa
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