Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Parable for Today

A child was screaming in the parking lot in front of our house. Screaming! I was a little concerned and wondered if some kind of intervention was needed. Wandering to my front window, I looked down on a mother with two young children in tow, one of whom was Screaming, marching them gently toward a condo and saying in a very patient quiet voice, “Maybe when you can play nicer, you can have another sword.” 

No intervention needed there. I do wonder though if the ordinary people of this world might not say to our leaders of all kinds, parties, ilks and persuasions, “Maybe when you can play nicer with the power you have, you can have another symbol of power. Until then, time out to think about what you have done and what you might do differently next time.”

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