We have been meditating on “The Sacred Earth” book by photographer Courtney Milne and his last project called “The Pool of Possibilities.” There he found—and photographed–the Sacred in his own backyard urging us to find the Sacred in the everyday as well.
It is a good meditation and practice to take in more of the Sacred on a daily basis. And it is necessary if one is to face evil forces. One must come prepared for that encounter and nothing prepares a person to face Evil more surely than to drink deeply of the Sacred.
Forces of hatred and racism, violence and killing of innocents, came to a head of course in a vivid way in Buffalo this weekend.
I wrote a letter of support to a friend who was born and has lived in Buffalo his entire life and in response he wrote this to me yesterday:
ABC news reported that this is the 198th mass shooting in the U.S. in 2022. Sadly, not surprising – and with each one we hope for further firearm safety measures! What will it take?
Where does an 18-year-old boy (another one—remember the killings and wounding in Racine?) drink in so much hatred that he chooses to drive 200 miles to a neighborhood that is heavily black in order to kill black people while they are grocery shopping, using military weapons that are designed for just one purpose, killing other human beings?
One might say it is “in the air,” this hating and racial resentment and violence. It is on the airwaves for sure and has been for decades. Adults get rich selling it. The media and the social media spread it like an intellectual virus. Hate radio from Rush Limbaugh paved the way and spawned countless clones and Rupert Murdoch followed suit with hate television.
Murdoch, himself an immigrant, gets richer and richer by bolstering those on his Fox network that preach hatred against immigrants and people of color.
On Murdoch’s network, Tucker Carlson has been preaching the “replacement theory” that fueled the young Buffalo gunman’s racial derangement and who actually gives him credit in his very sick “manifesto.”
Have Carlson or Murdoch apologized or repented?
The political airwaves are alive with hatred. An historical “mainstreaming” of white supremacist ideas is filling both social media and public media, becoming ordinary fodder for gubernatorial candidates and other politicians lying about voting results and eager to make voter suppression mainstream.
To be continued
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. xxxvi-xxxviii.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Nearly 60 years later, still a dream: Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Queries for Contemplation
Do you recognize the relationship between Evil and the Sacred? Do you prepare yourself to confront the former by filling up on the latter? How do you do that?