Crowds get whipped up,
focusing on fears, doctrines and beliefs
instead of compassionate action,
selfless service, and unconditional kindness,
thereby polarizing issues
and defending entrenched positions.
Nothing will satisfy but obliterating the other–
dramatically silencing whatever runs contrary
to their cherished preconceptions and false facts.
All to avoid humble reform and reexamined premises.
Why does egoistic, combative antipathy
beguile so many compared to the simple bliss
of caring and healing and uniting?
Hate is wasteful. Crucifying.
But we now know it is not terminal.
It can’t win even though it might kill you to prove it.
“Forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Forgiveness is always justified, even today
when it looks so very dark and glowering.
by Polly Castor
Good Friday 4/14/17