Material Melee

An excerpt from the fictional tales of The Daily Beacon.

Dear Rich, is it appropriate for the spiritually minded to get involved with earthbound conflict?

Dear reader, that’s a good question, so let’s consider some examples. Jesus, for instance, battled against the religious leaders of his day. Both sides accused the other of leading people astray. He would publicly argue with these leaders in front of spectators as well as openly defy their rules. They eventually had him crucified, but his message could not be silenced.

In the Mahabharata, the larger story that contains the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna ensures a war is fought for control of the kingdom. This is a bloody battle between familial factions yet the war ultimately represents good versus evil and a rebalancing of those forces. The blind ambition and greed of one side is eventually overcome by the righteousness of the other.

When discordance rules the day, it the job of the just to restore harmony. A healthy society is one that aligns itself with the goodness of life. Privilege, confusion, exclusion, repression, incarceration — these are marks of a sick society. It is the duty of the virtuous to see that fairness, truth, inclusiveness, openness, and freedom serve as society’s underlying principles.

So dear reader, if you feel an inkling to involve yourself in a quest for righteousness then perhaps it really is your role. Be aware that the ways in which the good go about their duty varies by the era they’re in. But keep in mind this caveat, your intent must always be to uplift the whole of humanity, never a segment nor yourself. Harmonize while providing voice for the voiceless.


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