Dear God forgive us; we don’t know what we do.
We are dazed and stunned.
Complexity and immobility define our age.

For lack of a vision people perish. We need a vision of a path that is humane, practical and collaborative.
As well as a vision we need a way of speaking to each other.
As well as a way of speaking we need the patience to listen: to enemies and friends and, perhaps most of all, to those we are indifferent to.

But how?
It’s easy to forget that sometimes we succeed.
Hip nihilism is an easy way out, our (post-)modern temptation.
Our world is too complex and confused to be painted in only one colour – including black.
We have moments of connections with individuals; but this is not enough.
Our problems are as big as our planet and we lack ways to work together.
We lack a vision and a way of speaking – we are blind and dumb when we try to do big things.
But we know love and compassion and joy and laughter and delight and celebration with individuals.

How do we build from here? And how do we do it in time?
This is the big question I think: and I don’t have an answer to it.

I think we go on:
For the sake of our integrity. Because we care for our friends and families. Because there are places of beauty on our planet and in our neighbourhood.

We need to be ruthless with what doesn’t work and to build on the smallest successes: to experiment and learn.
We need options for actions:
that make a difference that we can see,
We need a vision, and a way of speaking; so that we can listen and act.

May we see clearly enough to take the next step,
May we listen well enough for compassion to arise,
May we act together for the good of all.

This reflection flowed into my journal almost without pause, almost exactly as written here. Even though it is a bit off topic for this blog I hope you will indulge me as it is close to Easter.
I’d like to hear from you in the comments if you have a prayer, confession or manifesto to share. Perhaps just a word or two or perhaps more extensive. Looking forward to hearing from you.


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8 Comments to “A Prayer, Confession and Manifesto”

  1. Mark says:

    Evan,
    I love what flowed through and from you. This is brilliant and inspiring. You have stated our needs well and left us with the action that we need to embrace:

    “May we see clearly enough to take the next step,
    May we listen well enough for compassion to arise,
    May we act together for the good of all.”

  2. Evan says:

    Thanks Mark. Hope life is good where you are.

  3. Chris Edgar says:

    Thanks for this Evan — it definitely echoed what I’ve thought when reading news and internet articles and so on — that nihilism may be fashionable and win readers, but is ultimately just a form of passing the buck.

  4. Evan says:

    Thanks Chris. Hope life is good with you.

  5. Barbara says:

    Hi Evan,

    I was touched reading something so poetic and personal from you. It can be difficult both to share and not share at this level. You, your soul have something to say, but will there be someone to hear it, feel it, live it with you?

    I have written and shared prayer and confession with others.(With any luck, someday I’ll understand what a manifesto is so I might write one of those too!) In some ways letting what came from deep inside be outside of me was a great decision, leap of faith. I experienced freedoms of all kinds, many rather unbelievable. The hard part I felt is wondering. Did it matter or mean anything to anyone besides me?

    Did you wonder?

    Barbara

  6. Evan says:

    Hi Barbara, yes I did wonder. And I thought about putting a preface before the post – which got longer and longer and so I eventually just posted it and decided I would respond to whatever reaction I got.

    Great to hear from you again, many thanks for your comment.

  7. Amy says:

    Thanks for this Evan — it definitely echoed what I’ve thought when reading news and internet articles and so on — that nihilism may be fashionable and win readers, but is ultimately just a form of passing the buck.

  8. Evan says:

    Hi Amy, thanks for your comment and welcome to the blog (I think this is your first comment).

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