September 21-C, 2022

Beidler Forest 12 11/22/2019 Oil Paint Rendered — Audubon Four-Hole Swamp Wildlife Refuge, Harleyville, South Carolina
It is easy for me to see
that slavery should never have happened,
and that "manifest destiny"
was a slogan carved out of capitalism
as an excuse for taking the entire country
from the indigenous people
who were clearly the "destined"
"owners" of the land,
its waters and minerals and oil, etc.

It is wrong what has happened.
And now there should be restitution.
And it is wrong that there is none,
and will not be any.

And I am ashamed of this country
and its prevailing attitude.
Of this planet
and its prevailing attitude.
And of the people
and their institutions
who popularize the attitude
and serve it with their life,
as though to say,
"If I want it,
it is my right to have it!"

I am a witness against them
through all eternity.

I am coming for them all. 

Do you stand with me,
or with them?


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

3 thoughts on “September 21-C, 2022

  1. It has taken me a lifetime to recognize the truth of your words — to overcome the inner felt sense of approval my school taught me to feel every time I heard “manifest destiny.”

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  2. We life in/with such demonic denial from all directions–it is no wonder emptiness/stillness/silence are anathema, feared and hated. Truth breaks in when we are quiet, so no one can live with it–or without it!


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