Saturday, 10 August 2013
Gods and invisible authors
Imagine this exchange:
'I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."'
Part of a speech made recently by Oprah Winfrey
No no, she was quoting Martin Luther King, who quoted Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.
Whatever. It's a great quote whoever said it.
I imagine that most people would think this mistake was elementary and many Americans might find it insulting.
Let's consider a concrete example from the last few years:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
----from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.