Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Violent discontent.

Yet another dreadful attack yesterday in Berlin simply adds once more to the horror of this year.
Terror attacks motivated by religious zealots are something we are getting used to...
There have been too many now to count...they just cause despair.
When I met a man whose reaction to my statement that I was a priest was to say "Sorry I don't like religion."
"Neither do I "
My flip response surprised me but it's true...organised religion can be restrictive and centred around people rather than God.
This year many people have been killed in terror attacks by lone assassins.
This is very scary. The feeling that we are not safe grows with every sad event..
I think this anxiety of not being safe is what has brought the surprise result of various ballots.
The Brexit vote, the election of a non politician in America, are both examples of people voting for change because the actuality is grim and the outlook horrid.
People on strike, people gathering in groups to protest are growing examples of discontent.
The more violent protests that randomly kill innocent people and bring horror to the whole world are the worst example of this discontent.
So once more I turn to prayer whilst realising that the only person to benefit from my prayers is me.
We are becoming selfish I'm afraid...

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