but to live civilly & humanely in a civil & humane & viable world?
Monotheism in its almost 3,000 years since the inception of Judaism,
& its close to 2,000 years since the beginnings of Christendom,
& its almost 1,400 years since the rise of Islam,
has not proved that it can help in this project.
On the contrary, it has often fostered wars
between these religions &/or between opposing sects within them,
each dehumanizing if not decapitating the others as heathens, infidels.
& in this context (it’s up to you if you make the connection), I copy below the contents of a status I posted today on Facebook:
A friend reminded me of this song (“If I had a hammer”) that had been a part of our shared youth. I searched on youtube & found this amazing video of Pete Seeger, aged 93, performing it in Sept 2013, about four months before his death in January last year.
There surely is danger
& need for a warning
(the world it is warming!
& peoples are warring!)
& surely for love, or at least civility
between humans who aren’t siblings
technically speaking, but are still,
even without a single Father in the sky,
in a meaningful metaphorical way
all brothers & sisters
& all, ultimately, in the same boat
(all our grandchildren will feel the heat
or are the great capitalists busy planning domes
for the elite?).
If I had a hand
in this song today,
I’d maybe change
one recurring word,
& instead of this land
sing all over this world.