Sister Edith Myflesh
15 December 2001
Individual Responsibility
Here are two tidbits that I found especially interesting, given my recent involvements. The first is a piece in the Village Voice talking about the resurgence of male-oriented groups (the army, firefighters, &tc.) and how our country's reaction to September 11 has resulted in a more vigorous drive to homogenise our society.

Satmars are a faith community; Santería is a cult. Men in uniform are heroes; dykes who dress alike are guilty of groupthink. Angry white males are a voting bloc; blacks who call themselves "race men" are a separatist cadre. The critique of identity politics applies only to groups that represent a threat to the order.

The second was this entry from Wil Wheaton. Wil brings up personal responsibility and our individual roles in society. And this, in turn, is very much what my involvement with the Sisters is about. If we, as individuals, approach each other with love and peace instead of anger and fear, imagine what a better world we might live in. If I'm at an event or out doing bar ministry and I can put a smile on one person's face, then I've fulfilled my calling.

I certainly don't want to suggest that we should ignore or repress anger or fear or any of the other negative emotions. Conflict is as human as sex and death. It is, however, how we choose to deal with conflict that makes us human. If, instead of reacting to a situation, we take the time to consider and respond to a situation, the chances are better that we will be coming from a much better place.

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” — Woodrow Wilson

recorded in the Book of Marginalia :: testify, Sister!

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