First They Came

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In my opinion, there are two uber-evils in this world, religions and politics.  They often times are one-and-the-same.    They often create rifts in relationships, so I venture into this topic carefully.

I no longer relate religions with God or spirituality.

I no longer relate politics with truth or justice.

After watching tonights presidential debate I feel compelled to share a “poem” from a man who lived in times that were not dissimilar from ours.  Please read it and draw your own conclussions.

My reason for sharing this with you is — I see one candidate trying to lead our world to peace and the other willing to go to war for economic prosperity.  Please dig deep into your own heart and soul for your own answers.    If you start to ask more questions, all the better.  I apologize for not being able to express myself better at such a crucial time.

First they came…

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Miemoller (1892-1984) was a Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

We must all be free thinkers.  My political biases are probably obvious, though I always try to question myself.  I encourage you to always question your own views, biases and motives.   If you are in your teens, pay attention!  Don’t let old people intimidate you with flowery speech.  Don’t let the media tell you how to think or what to think.  You have the freedom of responsibility.  You have the responsibility of freedom.  You can think and choose for yourself.  Talk with many people who have different views from your own, not only those who agree with you.  Find people who are willing to engage you, are interested in your opinions and ideas and be sure to listen to them and understand their ideas.  If you become enemies, you will know them as people, not only ideologies, and that may make ALL the difference.

3 thoughts on “First They Came

  1. A truly inspirational post. I am in total agreement and you’ve made me think again about how I want to encourage and inspire my daughter to think critically. She’s only two years old, but never too soon to start. Thank you Scott

    • Thanks for the reblog. It’s the first time that I’ve been reblogged and it feels kinda good. I’m glad that you find value in my thoughts. I’m now following your blog and wish you best of luck with it.

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