Sunday, August 30, 2009

Crazies Wanted

This page in the book I'm finishing up said so much that I'd simply like to share it:

What's crazy is a matter of perspective. After all, what is crazier: one person owning the same amount of money as the combined economies of twenty-three countries, or suggesting that if we shared, there would be enough for everyone?

What is crazier: spending billions of dollars on a defense shield, or suggesting that we share our billions of dollars so we don't need a defense shield?

What is crazier: maintaining arms contracts with 154 countries while asking the world to disarm its weapons of mass destruction, or suggesting that we lead the world in disarmament by refusing to deal weapons with over half of the world and by emptying the world's largest stockpile here at home?

What's crazy is that the US, less than 6 percent of the world's population, consumes nearly half of the world's resources, and that the average American consumes as much as 520 Ethiopians do, while obesity is declared a "national health crisis."

Someday war and poverty will be crazy, and we will wonder how the world allowed such things to exist. Some of us have just caught a glimpse of the beauty of the promised land, and it is so dazzling that our eyes are forever fixed on it, never to look back at the ways of that old empire.

(Clayborne, Shane. Irresistible Revolution. Zondervan: Grand Rapids, Michigan p.344.)

This just makes too much sense to ignore. Let's not only imagine, but let's run after a world devoid of billionaires down the street from homeless people. Something just seems wrong with that. Give me a world where weapons of war are only found in history books. Let's point out the absurdity of a world with starving children and fat bellied Americans.

If that's crazy, then I'm in!

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