- Essays in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., part 3
- Response to Last Week’s Essay
- The Next Issue of The Peaceable
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1. Essays in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., part 3
I have been reflecting on the following quotation from Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr: “We will continue to despise people, until we have
recognized, loved, and accepted what is despicable in ourselves.”
Today I will consider the third component – accepting what we find
despicable in ourselves.
Such acceptance is difficult because
we tend to judge ourselves as our parents and peers have judged us.
Conditioned by their disapproval when we have fallen short of
expectations, we have felt inner shame about our shortcomings. I think
self-assessment and our assessment of others should have the same
standard – discerning right from wrong without passing judgment.
Indeed, Jesus said, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn
not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven”
I think it can be helpful to discern shameful
thoughts and desires from shameful actions. We all have shameful
thoughts and desires – we can’t avoid desiring things that perhaps we
shouldn’t have. I don’t think we should feel shame for thoughts and
desires over which we have no control. We have much more control over
how we live. Even so, Paul lamented, “I do not understand my own
actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate”
(Romans 7:15). I think that, at the end of the day, we should strive
for perfection. Jesus taught, “You, therefore, must be perfect, as
your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), and I think that this
should be our goal as long as we remain mindful that, as humans, we
invariably fall “short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.
2. Response to Last Week’s Essay
Karen Borch (web site:
Be the Animals) writes:
"It is my deep
conviction that the main reason people are so determined not to become
knowledgeable about the gruesome truth of animal cruelty, is because,
then they will have no excuses and they will have to make some serious
changes in their lives, because, now, they know."
Next Issue of The Peaceable Table Is Now Online
One of our Unset Gems features electronics genius
Nicola Tesla, who became a compassionate vegetarian late in life, and
urged that we make every effort to stop "the wanton and cruel
slaughter of animals. . . ."
We can glimpse the harmony of
the Peaceable Kingdom in the devoted friendship of a domesticated dog
and a wild fox in the woods of Norway. See and enjoy some splendid
photos of Tinny and Sniffer playing and socializing.
till you taste the delectable Queen of Winter Yam Casserole in our
Karen Borch's new book Farewell
with Love: When You Lose a Beloved Animal, offers ways of honoring the
lost friend and finding comfort and healing (reviewed by Robert
Our Poetry selection is the excerpt from
Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in which the novice nun Isabella
eloquently expresses the anguish that the angels feel at some of the
acts of arrogant humanity.
Many of our readers will not have
time to read all, or even half of an issue of PT; if that includes
you, we suggest you just turn to the Glimpse of the Peaceable Kingdom,
and perhaps the Poetry selection, to warm your heart and help
strengthen you to meet your day.
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