Be at Peace - Live Brave
As we sat watching the series, Eli Stone, a story of a young lawyer who discovers he is a prophet for his time, I was touched by the wisdom the writers of the show wove into the plot. I was also amazed at how pertinent the lessons of the episodes were to this moment in time.
At one point, Eli's boss states, "In business, there is still room for humanity. Capitalism without mercy is tantamount to evil." The boss then goes on to shake things up by turning the huge legal firm into a pro bono firm fighting for the underdogs.
One could morph this quote into, "In politics, there is still room for humanity. Democracy without mercy is tantamount to evil."
As a nation, as a society, and individually, we must reconnect with our humanity. We are all in this together. We are all connected, one to the other.
The dictionary definition of mercy is, "compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm."
Compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, unity are all virtues that we must exemplify if we are to regain our humanity.
Eli's spiritual guide tells him to "Be at Peace. Live Brave." As we move forward into the new year, we must remember these words, "Be At Peace. Live Brave." We must wake up and face the immediacy of the situation we are in, so that we might bring about change before the very foundation and principles upon which our country was build and exists are undermined. We must protect our democracy, which is precariously teetering on the brink of collapse.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote that, "the cost of liberty is constant vigilance."
Be at Peace - Live Brave!