Thursday, May 1, 2008

One of Us

In light of the horrific discovery made in Amstetten of late, I'd like to share an excerpt from Khalil Gibran's "The Prophet":

"Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as thought he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.

But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,

So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,

So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all.

Like a procession you walk together towards your good-self.

You are the way and the wayfarers.

And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone.

Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who, though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone".

1 comment:

Jason said...

That was a beautiful and apt quote. I think that our modern society uses words like "evil" or "crazy" less to explain events than to reassure its members that there is a gulf of moral distance separating them from the transgressor. In reality, each of us is only one bad decision away from doing something horrible to someone else. It's because we have so little regard for one another that we try to forget that.

I think it was very bold of you to post this. Thank you!

(We met once through Ariella, and she sent me your link.)