Image by Carla Burke
Narrated by Marie T. Russell.
Age-old wisdom teaches, “You do not know something until you know its name.” When we name the sickness, the poison that oozes throughout our world, we can begin to fight it and defeat it.
We see the evil: discordant division because of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or class—the demonizing of “The Other.”
We see the evil: the rise of xenophobia, radical Islamic fundamentalism, racism, racial profiling, white nationalism, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, neo-fascists, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, sexism, misogyny, ethnic discrimination, apartheid, bigotry, senseless hatred, brutal violence, and terrorism.
We see the evil: so-called “charismatic” men and women who rise up to play on the vulnerabilities and the emotions of the people—who separate, divide, and create fear by pitting one group against another, and ultimately crush hope by wreaking havoc on their own country and the world.
We remember: the hatred, bigotry, and discrimination of not-too-distant days that still ripple toward us; the footsteps of war and destruction; the horrors of the machines of genocide that still ripple through the lands. The words of young Anne Frank—hidden away when she was caught up in the madman’s evil darkness—echo through the years,
“I hear the approaching thunder
that, one day, will destroy us.”
-- Anne Frank
There is no nice way to say this. These are pure evils—a defilement of all that is good and decent. The perpetrators violate the precepts and principles of human values and virtues and set themselves apart from our civilized society.
There are neither many sides to evil—nor any excuses, justifications, or rationalizations for it. No matter how twisted the argument, no matter how illogical the claim, there is no moral equivalency between good and evil.
Those who ignore or dismiss evil do so only from their own ignorance and prejudice—for their own power, pleasure, or profit.
Evil in our world must be eradicated and left in the garbage heap of history.
The Good News
The Good News is that men and women of peace and good will can rise up against evil, for we understand the words of the modern genius-visionary Albert Einstein, who famously remarked,
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,
but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
-- Albert Einstein
We cannot let evil triumph.
We can act now before it is too late.
We have a world to save.
The sacred journey toward healing and transformation now begins.
Come on the Journey.
Join in the Quest.
On This Journey
We all know that our fractured country and fractious world cannot be addressed by politics as usual or by the sweet sentiments of friendship or love that greeting cards and popular songs so often depict. There must be sweeping, fundamental, universal transformation.
The issues raised here will be very familiar to you. You may very well say to yourself: So what? Who cares? I already know all the problems he is raising, and I either already passionately agree or vehemently disagree with the solutions he is offering. And besides, his ideas have very little chance of being implemented and less chance of having any real impact or success.
We cannot sit idly by, hoping that time and an eventual return to good sense and congeniality will wipe away what is shattering us and our world. We need to be clear and stark in naming what is at stake and in acknowledging the urgency with which we must act.
My hope is that these words that are spoken from my heart and soul will infuse your thoughts and feelings—resonating in already open hearts and helping to soften hardened hearts; that—out of echoing and retelling—new awareness, understanding, energy, and urgency will bubble up into every fiber of your being.
I hope that you will easily transfer my attributions into your own idiom so that you can more comfortably embrace the spirit and the meaning of this transmission.
The raw (and inconvenient) truth for me: Since I am passionately Jewish, this is a very hard book for me to write because, in many instances, I may be advocating against my own personal, ethnic, religious, cultural, and social special interests. Yet that is exactly why I must write: to bring the message that we all—every one of us—must rise above our own selfish needs and strive for the common good, the greater good.
I am leaving many of my long-held, comfortable beliefs and behaviors and venturing into the unknown. And I am asking you to do the same. For we know that the current condition of our world is bringing too much conflict and pain to too many and that there must be a better way to live together for the betterment and well-being of all.
And, in this book, is God. “Bidden or unbidden, God always is present.”
My compass and guidepost have always been the word of God. I am its student, and I am its teacher. It is my life and the length of my days.
We talk to God. God listens. And then, God comes to us in words, and visions, and day and night dreams. And we really have to listen and see—to be open, clear channels; to be empty enough for God to come through us.
I ask you to listen. And to see. And to understand. And then to give your heart and your hands to responding.
These incredibly challenging times call us to nothing less than a radical shift in human consciousness, a radical embrace of a world of Oneness.
We envision a sweeping revolution; an unbounded evolution and transformation of humankind and the planet we inhabit.
Can we heal our broken world? Can we wipe away the darkness and bring the light? Can we see the face of love in every human being? Can we jubilantly embrace the pathway that will lead us forward to Eden on Earth.?
There are those who look at things the way they are,
and ask “Why?”
I dream of things that never were,
and ask “Why not?”
-- Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968) paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw
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Reprinted with permission of the publisher
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Radical Loving: One God, One World, One People
by Wayne Dosick.
For many of us, it feels as if our world is breaking apart. Long-held, comfortable beliefs are being shattered, and we face unprecedented questions and challenges. How do we heal the harsh divisions of class, race, religion, and cultures that plague us? How do we vanquish sexism, rigid fundamentalism, unabashed nationalism, senseless hatred, and violent terrorism? How do we save our precious planet from the threats to its very existence?
In this book is a bold, visionary, Spirit-filled blueprint for the redemption, transformation, and evolution of our emerging new world through radical loving and a day-to-day sense of the sacred. With age-old wisdom wrapped in contemporary garb, sweet, inspiring stories, keen insights, and gentle guidance, Radical Loving is a call to renewal and to Oneness―a promise that Earth can be Eden once again.
About the Author
RABBI WAYNE DOSICK, Ph.D., D.D., is an educator, writer, and spiritual guide who teaches and counsels about faith, ethical values, life transformations, and evolving human consciousness. Well-known for his quality scholarship and sacred spirit, he is the rabbi of The Elijah Minyan, a retired visiting professor at the University of San Diego, and the host of the monthly Internet radio program, SpiritTalk Live! heard on HealthyLife.net. He is the award-winning author of nine critically acclaimed books, including the now-classic Living Judaism, Golden Rules, The Business Bible, When Life Hurts, 20 Minute Kabbalah, Soul Judaism, The Best is Yet To Be, Empowering Your Indigo Child, and, most recently, The Real Name of God: Embracing the Full Essence of the Divine.
For more info, visit https://elijahminyan.com/rabbi-wayne
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