The need to grow mercy
Blessed are the merciful for they shall receive mercy.
Mercy is not just an idea or a feeling it is an action or activity. The definition of mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within ones power to punish or harm.
In order to behave in a merciful way it is necessary for those who are in a position of greater power to not only not punish those who have less power but to instead level and balance the power structure. In order to act in harmony with mercy there is an inherent necessity to share power. When power becomes shared the action of mercy is fulfilled.
Since we are all connected the sensitivity of mercy is natural to us. If I don’t want to experience being hurt and I know that I am connected to others and I am the same as others I would not want to harm others because I would know how awful it feels to experience hurt and harm. The activity of mercy is the natural outcome of the awareness that we are connected.
Those who reject acting in a merciful way still have the capacity for mercy as they are also connected to everyone else but they have put up a wall to the sensitivity of mercy that is within them. They have cut off their own awareness of it. Since they have blocked off their awareness of mercy they have cut themselves off from the capacity to experience and therefore to receive mercy.
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
It seems to me that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol for a country that was intended to be a place of mercy. It is also clear that from the time of the founding of this country that we have fallen short of this ideal.
An ideal is an aspiration. An aspiration is an ideal that we would want to find ways to move closer to and to fulfill. If this is something to which we would want to aspire then we need to be clear that at this moment in time this country is moving in the polar opposite direction.
Since mercy is in its essence an action or activity it is as a living moving thing and living things need to be feed and nurtured so that they can grow and thrive. When a living thing is nurtured its growth is enabled and when food is deprived from a living thing it will eventually whither on the vine and die.
Since mercy is a living quality then we are going to need to grow it. If mercy becomes planted all over the landscape and it is nurtured it will grow and spread and it will become the dominant force. We have the capacity to grow and expand how to behave in a merciful way. We would be moving in the direction of fulfilling the aspiration of this country by learning how to become a place of mercy.
It is not possible or necessary to do this in one stroke. It is a direction in which to move. It is an aspiration that we discover ways to fulfill. If we engage in moving in the direction of mercy we will be assisting in growing a force that has the potential to become the dominant force. The more we feed this force the faster and stronger and more dominant it will become. When mercy becomes the dominant force those who would want to behave in a merciless way would become starved and would begin to rot on the vine. They would lose their power. The force that would dominate would be one of shared power and those who are merciless would lose their support structure.
The void of mercy that dominates those who are holding the power at this time is clarifying that we have an urgent need for an increase in our mercy. Those who are in a position of dominance are not the majority but they have their grip on power and they are using that power in a merciless way making it crystal clear that this way of being must end.
Everyone has the power and the capacity to grow mercy. All that needs to be done is to plant a seedling and to nurture it. All that needs to be done is to look at the moment and to ask how it would be possible to be more merciful in this moment. This can be done anywhere and at anytime. We the people have the capacity to transform this country person by person moment by moment into a place of mercy. We have the capacity and the creativity to engage in that activity. When we unite our energy and our creativity in the service of good it has the capacity to be an unstoppable force for good.
By the growing of mercy we have the capacity to heal the ills of the past and to transform this country into a place of balanced power which would enable the experience of liberty and justice for all.
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