First they came….

February 2, 2009 § Leave a comment


There is so much suffering in this world.

Last night, I watched Slumdog Millionaire which was a really good movie. But what struck me throughout the movie was the level of suffering that occurs in the slum throughout the world. Now, I am watching When The Levees Broke: Requiem that focuses on the effects of Hurricane Katrina upon New Orleans residents. And once again, I recognize the amount of suffering in the world. I read about a young family of five children and two parents in which there was a murder-suicide because both parents lost their jobs within a matter of two weeks — and I reflect upon the amount of suffering in this world.

And seeing this amount of suffering, all across the world on so many levels — it reminds me of my personal responsibility and our collective responsibility to other human beings. All of this suffering is overwhelming and even depressing. It leaves one to feel as if one is helpless to do anything to change the lives of other people, to improve the lives of others or even oneself But the fact of the matter is that the ONLY way we as human beings lose in this game of life is when we give up. We cannot give up on helping one another — in whatever fashion we can. Be it that we give our time, our efforts, our words, our comforting touch, our money, our mentorship — whatever. But we cannot afford to not do anything. We cannot afford to not help other people.

We HAVE to help.

“In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.” — Pastor Martin Niemöller
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