Knowledge Concealed

I live in a world of contradictions hidden behind a screen of unspoken stupidity. The unjust and unresolved issues that society refuses to face have grown to unmanageable proportions to the economy-driven world we suffer through. We call ourselves free, but in reality our freedom is tied to a system downward pressure keeping those at the bottom mired in poverty. Unless we free these brothers and sisters from our society-imposed economic servitude, we all will eventually share in the results of the top-down pressure of greed and ego.

Like an automaton, I read the morning paper and listen to the evening news on the TV, opening myself to the machinations of the unreality of what we call a normal life. I grow into this world of unresolvable evil. I ignore my innate knowledge God’s Truth.

Fortunately, God quietly awakens me to remind me that I share the prophetic imagination of the ancient mystics, and it is within myself, and everyone, to accept God’s presence, change the lives of people around us creating a  wave of spiritual enthusiasm which will change our world. We have no other choice but to avoid this annihilation. It is God who changes our world; if we allow Him to enter our eternal beliefs and lead us from our path to death.

Many years ago, when I was in a trio performing the works of the current folk groups, we borrowed a song from the Brothers Four; the tile is “Well, Well, Well.” Perhaps some of you remember this. My favorite stanza was and is, God told Noah, “Build you an ark!”/ Rain started fallin’ and the skies got dark/ Ol’ dark a’movin’, water start to climb / The Lord said “A fire, not a flood next time!”

On the lives of my grandchildren, and the grandchildren all around the world, I pray that we change our direction, listen to God within us, and open the knowledge concealed by our stupidity.    

 

©Russell Kendall Carter

 

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