As people in search of the greater good, all of us have an understanding of the universal Christ. Christ in every thing. In the Universe. When we look around at the world we see a world that doesn’t even believe when they look at other human beings they see Christ in them. Our numbers are small in one way but powerful in others. My father would say regarding those numbers ‘is a pimple on the touche’ Maybe so in the grand scheme of things, but we must remember every one of us counts in the equation of making a difference. We may not realize it, but it does, cause/effect and we must not stop “causing”. Just read where the CEOworld Magazine for the 2019 index of travel, listed the top 20 cities in the world to completely avoid. Level 4 as the State Department would say, three of those cities are in the US. Detroit, Baltimore, and Albuquerque.
For the first time in decades, other countries are putting the US on a travel warning. I have traveled the world in my career, many trips to Hong Kong, Singapore, all three major cities in Australia (l love Australia) all over Europe and the middle east, and Africa. You see Christ in all the people on this planet. I remember talking with people in Hong Kong in 2000 and the discussion was around what happens when Bejing flexes its muscles…they said we will be fine we have an ‘agreement’. Look at Hong Today, what is happening in the streets, I just read a statement where one said in Hong Kong, “You are not a Hong Konger unless you tasted the tear gas.“
Merton wrote: “To some men peace merely means the liberty to exploit other people without fear of retaliation or interference. To others, peace means the freedom to rob others without interruption. To still others, it means the leisure to devour the goods of the earth without being compelled to interrupt their pleasures to feed those whom their greed is starving. And to practically everybody peace simply means the absence of any physical violence that might cast a shadow over lives devoted to the satisfaction of their animal appetites for comfort and pleasure.”
There is a lesson to be learned and a reflection of who we really are as people.