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The Jericho Road

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We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it understands that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

From The World House, an essay by M.L. King, Jr.

See also the Gospel of Luke 10: 25-37 of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).

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The World House

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Some years ago a famous novelist died. Among his papers was found a list of suggested plots for future stories, the most prominently underscored being this one: “A widely separated family inherits a house in which they have to live together.” This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a large house, a great “world house” in which we have to live together-black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu-a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.

So begins an essay, a chapter from the book ~ Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King, Jr. that was posted by the Fellowship of Reconciliation following the events of 9-11.

Summarizing the essay, the FOR wrote:

In “The World House,” Dr. King calls us to: 1) transcend tribe, race, class, nation, and religion to embrace the vision of a World House; 2) eradicate at home and globally the Triple Evils of racism, poverty, and militarism; 3) curb excessive materialism and shift from a “thing”-oriented society to a “people”-oriented society; and 4) resist social injustice and resolve conflicts in the spirit of love embodied in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence. He advocates a Marshall Plan to eradicate global poverty, a living wage, and a guaranteed minimum annual income for every American family. He urges the United Nations to experiment with the use of nonviolent direct action in international conflicts. The final paragraph warns of the “fierce urgency of now” and cautions that this may be the last chance to choose between chaos and community.

The FOR wrote that when Dr. King was addressing the conditions that breed Communism, we might today use the words, “terrorism” or “religious fanaticism.”  I would also venture to say that when Dr, King writes of  the racism of the former apartheid of South Africa that we today might think  of the new apartheid of the discrimination and oppression of the Palestinian people by the State of Israel. (See here and here.) I believe that, according to this essay, Dr. King would be a proponent of CODEPINK and its campaigns for freedom and human rights for Palestinians and to Bring Our War $$ Home .

Dr. King’s life and efforts may have come out of and be a part of Black History, but many of his words hold for today and can even point us to the future. Read the full introduction and complete essay here.

Along with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I Declare World Peace.

Miss Willoughby

Portrait of Miss Willoughby by George Romney (1734-1802)

This is the picture I am using as my avatar. Since it was painted by a Romney named George, the same name as Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romeny’s father, I feel I must explain.

My given middle name is Willoughby and my mother sometimes called me “Miss Willoughby,” especially when she wanted to give emphasis, such as when I did or said something I should not have. I discovered the painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. while on a trip as a high school student. I found a postcard of it and sent it to my mother.

In the lead-up to the U.S. War in Iraq, I aligned myself with CODEPINK: Women for Peace in protesting against the war. I still feel fondly aligned with them. I have chosen this painting as my avatar both for its name and for its pinkness, believing that peace, especially world peace, is so important and is pink in color.

I recently realized or remembered the name of the British painter, George Romney. Sunday’s Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader had an article, Obama’s taste in art is on view; Romney’s isn’t by Roger Catlin of The Washington Post, that included discussion of the painting and a picture of it. It seems that the painter is an ancestor of the Presidential candidate.

The girl Miss Willoughby of the painting, was, of course, a member of the upper echelon of British society. This seems fitting for the candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the upper 1% of the United States. I, of course, am not a member of that elite group. I guess, in this way, I may be using Miss Willoughby in a counter-cultural, maybe tongue-in-cheek, manner. I am for the 99%, not only of the United States or Britain, but of the world.

I would like to say that as Anne G. Woodhead, “Miss Willoughby,” I Declare World Peace.