Wednesday, March 7, 2012

words of wisdom wednesday

i first heard about the invisible children movement years ago. 
i'm probably not going to travel to uganda to volunteer any time soon, 
but i know people who have. 
however, i did watch the videos. i bought the bracelets. 
it was the least i could do. 
really, the least i could do. 
what is it? $10 for a bracelet? 

there is a lot going around the internets just now about the kony 2012 campaign
i'm always happy when attention is focused on real atrocities happening around the world
rather then a celebrity's latest stint in rehab or idiotic tweet-rant.
so i was disturbed when i found a lot of people voicing opposition to the kony 2012 campaign.
they say why bother?
someone equally bad will rise up in his place.
the uganda military commits atrocities too.
and so on . . .

to them, i offer up today's words of wisdom:

"in keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. when we neither punish nor reproach evildoers . . . we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations."

following their line of argument
we should stop fighting against sex trafficking, drug cartels, murderers, rapists,
(i could keep going)
because another will always pop up in their place.

we fight against evil and injustice because they must be fought against.
over and over. 
unendingly if necessary.
we fight because it is the right thing to do.
  we cannot stop fighting simply because we do not see a perfect ending in sight.

our fighting tells our contemporaries and, more importantly, those who come after us
this is not right
this is unacceptable
we will not allow this to continue unchallenged

i don't say all this specifically to endorse they kony 2012 campaign.
(although april 20 will find me in my t-shirt and bracelets)
it's more a response to the shocking amount of apathy and entitlement i encounter every day.