By Randle Loeb on Sep 10, 2009 | In Caring and Surviving, Citizenship and Stewards By Randle Loeb
Ethics in Government and Human Relations
Real relationships are uninfluenced by power and control. They’re determined by caring for others and listening. Few of us have a real relationship to anyone. Animals provide this unconditional connection with people who have no other way to trust. Often the animals that are nurtured for their companionship do not have authentic care and attention with love irrespective of whether they are old or ill.
In this life, seldom does anyone understand the anguish and suffering of another. My vocation is listening and understanding the pain that people feel who are separated from anyone who cares for them genuinely. Many animals are treated far more caringly than the people who I know. This is unconscionable in a world where we have always lived in a clan.
The deprivation and moral decay of our social construct is no where more obvious than in the treatment of the poor. “The Wretched of the Earth,” Franz Fanon, the famous French psychologist once remarked, are pushed to the limits of what they are able to endure and then lash out in desperation and a last gasp before dying. His assessment of this situation applies to everyone who has been discriminated against, treated unjustly, ignored, vilified for the sake of power and control, forgotten and dismissed as of no matter of importance.
Our present circumstances are the worst that have ever been possible. Humanity has taken much abuse and divisiveness by the leaders and those who have had power. No where is this more evident than in human relations. No one has the right to decide in a back room the fate of a person. No one has the right to lift a finger in violence toward another. No one has the right to dismiss another as unwelcome and unlovable simply because the person is different or does not serve the purpose of the people in control.
We must learn to share and to capitulate to humble grace as stewards of all that is holy in relationship to the world. Let us remember who we are and what we are doing in the simplest expression of regard, in the countenance of one person with another as compassionate and listening allies and advocates for the achievements of our neighbors here in this world and in all relationships that we sustain.
OPEN LETTER TO JOE WILSON, CONGRESSMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA
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