Praying for Nothing

What if we were unable to be offended? What if we all refused to be righteously outraged?

What if the trolls of the world, desperate for our attention, any attention, received none? What if they jumped up and down, shouted vile words, burned piles of sacred cows, and potty-danced upon our hallowed monuments… and we did nothing?

Maybe just smile and go about our business. Yawn. What if we refused to feed the fire that many want, nay greedily need, to spread?

This weekend, especially this Saturday, I pray for the Power Of Nothing Happens.

Jesus spoke of this kind of thing. That “turn the other cheek” stuff was not about wimpy assignation, but of a NEW POWER and a NEW WORLD he wants us to see and complete with him. A NEW WORLD, a kingdom, you might say, that is created by the NEW POWER Jesus gives us to not get sucked in. To rise above our own self-righteousness and love in the face of hate.

Yeah, I know Jesus himself is popular, but his Gospel (accurately preached) rarely is. But I am praying that we supposed Christians will summon this New Power. The Power of Nothing Happens. If you see it, see through it and don’t feed it. Better yet don’t watch it. Don’t comment on its blog or click on its YouTube channel.

Deny all hate the oxygen that it needs to breathe. I think I wish to take a media fast this Saturday. That’s my response.

Aside from relaying this great poem:

The Power of Nothing Happens
What scares them most is
That NOTHING HAPPENS!
They are ready
For DISTURBANCES.
They have machine guns
And soldiers,
But this SMILING SILENCE
Is uncanny.
The business men
Don’t understand
That sort of weapon . . .
It is your SMILE
That is UPSETTING
Their reliance
On Artillery, brother!
It is the garbage wagons
That go along the street
Marked “EXEMPT
by STRIKE COMMITTEE.”
It is the milk stations
That are getting better daily,
and the three hundred
WAR Veterans of Labor
Handling the crowds
WITHOUT GUNS,
For these things speak
Of a NEW POWER
and a NEW WORLD
That they do not feel
At HOME in.

— Anise

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