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One Big Soul: Thinking of Woody Guthrie and the Call of our Better Angels


 

 

 

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Charles Dickens

Like many individuals I feel that is one of the nice sentences in English literature. I really like the way it works in each the full model and that summation:

It was the finest of instances, it was the worst of instances…

Not in contrast to our instances. For certain.

And, I seen that at the moment, the 14th of July is Woody Guthrie’s birthday. He was born in 1912, so he would have turned 110 at the moment.

It happens to me that half of what makes the finest of instances in the worst of instances is that we get prophets of our higher angels. People who can identify the ills and level us towards therapeutic.

I feel Woody Guthrie was one such prophet.

He reminded us how in the Western custom God calls us to see the poor and the outcast, the misplaced and the forgotten. And not simply to see them. But to see inside the foreigner, the “other” nevertheless we see somebody as not us, they’re the face of God.

Woody understood that. He used considerably completely different language. But, I feel, I really feel, maybe his language continues to be amongst the extra related for our instances, our worst of instances that may be the finest of instances. If we refocus, if we give ourselves into the thriller.

We can uncover we’re in some very possible way all one large soul.

So. Happy birthday, Woody!

We certain may use you about now. And, I’m so glad, in some very actual methods, you’re right here…




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