Conscience doth make cowards…..
I know that many of you prefer when I write about tender mercies and kind acts. When I write about those feelings literally hundreds and hundreds of you click in and respond, but there is another side to mindfulness. That side is to stand up, even at great cost for what you know is right.
When Shakespeare wrote “Conscience doth make cowards of us all”, he meant that we often fear to do what we truly believe because society might view that act as wrong. I have come to believe that the vast majority of humanity lives that way, but those in power are bound by no such conscience.
Take this one simple fact as proof. How many remember the Iran Contra affair which seemed such a disgrace for Regan and Bush and to a lesser effect, President Clinton?
We were supplying the Contras with guns purchased with revenues from two hidden sources. We were selling missiles to Iran, our enemy at the time to buy guns for rebels fighting communist soldiers in Central America and delivering those guns thru smugglers to Contra troops. Then we were flying back tons and tons of pure cocaine to finance the gun purchases. Oliver North took the rap and served no time. Neither Regan or Bush or any CIA officials ever served any time.The political thought was that people will read about it and then forget it.
Tell that to a Black population which bore the brunt of any guilt. In 1980, As the War on Drugs began Blacks were 12% of our population and were 23% of all drug arrests. In 1990 Blacks were still 12% of the population but 40% of all drug arrests and 60% of all drug convictions! Talk about killing two birds with one conservative stone. We repressed the protesting Black community in America and armed rebel troops against Communist forces in Central America Yet , as a society we let it pass and forgot about it. In America we seem to have either a short memory or a very low standard of moral justice.
Look back ever further at fortunes which were built on the backs of Black slaves or the slaughter of Native Americans in a land and resource grab. It does not take much imagination to understand that in America, when our bellies are full, we can turn a blind eye to atrocities. Custer’s ;last stand was not the end of repression and racism in America.
I love America but I miss the sixties when people spoke up even if it meant getting a beating with a nightstick, prison or death..
Will someone rise to a position of power` who has a “conscience”? Can we find a voice which cannot be silenced by repressive tactics and intimidation, or will we simply read about it and forget in our “what’s in it for me” mentality?
Stand up, speak out but do it in Peace & Love.
Peace & Love,