Easter 2016 (actually April 24-29) marks the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin against the British Empire. England was distracted by World War I to notice that about 1000 members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood had taken control of a number of government buildings in Dublin. When the Brits realized what was going on, troops and gun boats arrived and put down the rebellion. It was a spectacular failure in the eyes of the Brits. Not so to the rest of the world. Most of the Irish rebellions against the Brits over the years ended in failure. But each failure was not enough to dampen the desire toward Irish self-government. After the execution of the rebels of 1916 the tide of public opinion had turned. The fight for independence continued and eventually succeeded. Persistence and fortitude won the long sought after freedom. Despite its failure “the rising” is seen as a significant stepping stone to the eventual creation of the Republic of Ireland.
So even though it was outgunned and out numbered the yeast of freedom of the burgeoning Republic was rising. Sometimes it takes a long time before the bread rises and is good to eat. A righteous cause always outlasts repression. It just takes time. And the right decisions will be made not out of fear or anger but rationally. As Pope Francis said just last night, “Let us not allow darkness and fear to distract us and control our hearts.”
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1Cor 5: 6bff)
The fear mongers out there would have you think that destruction and death is imminent and we should lash out with overwhelming force and destruction willy nilly, like vigilantes. Fear seems to reduce rational thinking exponentially to jello pudding. If we followed Cruz or Trump and their knee jerk response to the Brussels or Paris attacks, we probably would accomplish just the opposite of what was intended. Instead of just wiping the scourge of IS from the face of the earth through “carpet bombing” we would, at the same time, help create the next terrorist organization in much the same way as we did when we ignorantly invaded Iraq. Making decisions and operating out of fear and anger is not only stupid, but dangerous. Chest pounding and bellicose rhetoric don’t win wars. Facts win wars, information wins wars. Cool heads win wars. It’s certainly not as flashy and viscerally pleasing as “shock and awe” but more consistent.
The season of Spring brings Easter and new beginnings; the theme of light replacing the darkness. It is also a time of hope not a time of fear. Maybe the Persians (Iranians) have the right idea by celebrating the new year around this time of year rather during the dark morning of January 1st. It makes more sense when we have more light during the day. The way we get through life and continue to push forward is in the light. The unknown is made known through hard facts. We fear the unknown. People to who play on that fear, real or imagined, are the the yeast of malice and wickedness. They manipulate and eventually control. I know I shouldn’t say don’t be an idiot, vote democrat come November, but I can’t help it. I love this country too much and want it to move forward into the light. I only see regression on the other side and it’s very depressing.
and so it goes…