What happened to “brotherhood,” “mercy” and “nobleness?”

Beautiful lyrics to be sure. But they’re being drowned out by the sound of innocent children crying. Something to think about this upcoming July 4th … 

“O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!”

“Undimmed by human tears?” Really?

It may seem like this crisis, this tragedy is only an American problem, but it’s not. This kind of hatred is contagious. It’s not selective. It spreads everywhere, quickly, like a metastatic cancer. I see evidence of it even here, in Canada, a country that has always prided itself on being tolerant and inclusive, gentle, peace-loving and kind.

And that makes this a collective problem, one that the world must fight together, loudly and strongly. Our leaders have to get involved and so do we, by applying whatever pressure is necessary.

There is an immigration problem, that is a fact. It needs to be addressed, that too, is a fact. But this is not the way civilized people and civilized societies do that. This is not the kind of country anyone should want to live in. These are not the sounds anyone should want to wake up to.

I seriously doubt that this is what God had in mind when he “shed His grace on thee.”





20 thoughts on “What happened to “brotherhood,” “mercy” and “nobleness?”

    • I agree with you, but I think it’s even worse than the collapse of civility. Democracy is at stake here and corruption is right out in the open — not just as far as the government is concerned, but by removing restrictions and laws that are designed to protect the people and the environment he is essentially making it legal to cheat, be ruthless and worse. Glad your bag is packed.

  1. Another great post, Fransi! There really is scientific evidence that hatred, unkindness and incivility are contagious–they spread just like a virus until they reach epidemic proportions. But the good news is that kindness is equally contagious and also spreads like influenza or a virus. So, we have a choice in which epidemic we want to spread. Let’s hope we can choose wisely . . . and soon!

    • Thanks Donna. And I agree, we CAN choose to spread good instead of evil. I pray that sentiment catches on.

  2. I remember the day after Obama became President and everyone was so kind and upbeat in my hometown. You could feel love, respect, tolerance and my heart was so content. I look around now and see nothing that vaguely resembles it. It’s divisiveness, ugliness and cruelty. I pray it gets better, but I fear it won’t during my lifetime.

    • I’m Canadian and we could feel the joy and goodness here. The world was excited about Obama. Now, the world is sharing your nightmare. I try to stay positive, I keep saying this can’t go on, but like you I struggle to believe I’ll see positive change in my lifetime.

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