Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Future of mankind depends on the saving power working in all of us

The prophets give the answer: nations are saved if there is a small minority, a group of people, who represent what the nation is called to be. They may be defeated, but their spirit will be a power of resistance against the evil spirits that are detrimental to the nation. The question of saving power in the nation is the question of whether there is a minority, even a small one, which is willing to resist the anxiety produced by propaganda, the conformity enforced by threat, the hatred stimulated by ignorance. The future of this country and its spiritual values is not dependent as much on atomic defence as on the influence such groups will have on the spirit in which the nation will think and act.
And this is true of mankind as a whole. Its future will be dependent on a saving group, embodied in one nation or crossing through all nations. There is saving power in mankind, but there is also the hidden will to self-destruction. It depends on every one of us which side will prevail. There is no divine promise that humanity will survive this or the next year. But it may depend on the saving power effective in you or me, whether it will survive. (It may depend on the amount of healing and liberating grace which works through any of us with respect to social justice, racial equality, and political wisdom.) Unless many of us say to ourselves: through the saving power working in me, mankind may be saved or lost – it will be lost.
 From p.98, Tillich, The Boundaries of our Being

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Teilhard in Google Earth

I have started the following new blog:

Teilhard in Google Earth

to chart the life and the places where Teilhard lived on Google Earth.

Easter morning

I was interested to read that the road to Emmaus story was actually about disciples who were 'fleeing the scene'. They wanted to get away. Tillich in 'The boundaries of our being' writes the following:

"How shall we think of these disciples? Our first reaction is probably the question - how could they forsake him whom they had called the Messiah, the Christ, the bringer of the new age, whom they had followed after leaving behind everything for his sake? But ... I admired the disciples! For it is they to who we owe the words of our text."



I am reading J. Edgar Hoover 'Official & Confidential' and Hoover was a nasty individual who seems to have spent most of his time snooping on other political figures - rather than catching criminals. There is one story that really got to me.

At the conclusion of the FBI academy course for new agents they had to meet Hoover and shake his hand. This was quite an occasion because if your hand was too sweaty of if you didn't look good he would fire you on the spot. One day after the induction Hoover walked out the door and said to the instructor - 'one of them is a pinhead - fire him'. Unfortunately he didn't know which one and when he measured their heads three of them had the same hat size. He fired all three!