I read the news today, always a dangerous thing. First the poem then the links and background, last, a perspective.
by J. Randal Matheny
Anarchists threw the baby out
The bus’s window, on her head,
Set fire to rage, to chaos, devout;
In tears and fear the mother fled.
For years she suffered his abuse,
Her childhood stolen, family gone;
Imprisoned in a neighborhood house,
A backyard toy, a sexual pawn.
The boyfriend pitched her over the parapet
And off the bridge into dark water;
Possessed by passion, jealous fit,
No thought that she was some man’s daughter.
Our staggering world is this, which fills
With hate and insincerity;
Where brother betrays a brother and kills —
The first piece of criminal news, in the first stanza, happened Wednesday in Sao Paulo. The one-year old fell on her head, but survived the fall.
The second you’ve heard about in the U.S.
The third crime happened last Saturday about 50 miles from the capital. The 15-year-old girl faked being unconscious and survived the 10-meter drop into the river.
The last line is a phrase of the late Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, quoted in today’s commentary by Thomas Sowell.
Isn’t this an entry for UPLift, where we highlight the positive and seek to motivate ourselves for good? Absolutely. But no pie-in-the-sky attitudes here that don’t take into account the evil that permeates our world.
The greatest evils thrive in our neighborhoods. We must not ignore their presence. At the same time, we must find in the midst of such despairing news a reason for faith and joy and love. A motive for carrying on that will sustain us under the darkest and coldest storm. A path that will show us the way and guide us so that our hearts and hands will be innocent and right and blessed.
I have found that path, my friends. And in the swirl of news that would damage our hearts and damn our souls, I urge you to follow it with me.