A right to peace

This is an image of a wooden walkway leading up to the ocean. I've chosen it because it symbolizes peace to me and that's what I'd like to have in my country which is moving towards Fascism

We’re brazen and defiant only outwardly
While every street bleeds crimson,
In a land so kitschy; so very showy
Where lynching and ejecting ‘them’ is our mission

Because this touches ‘us’ and ‘our’ plot,
‘Our’ nation founded on ‘pure Hindu values,’
We don’t discern that our integrity rots,
And Bollywood and all the glitz and news

Won’t make a difference if we hang from
Fascism’s unbending noose and vote
For monsters rather than people; men who’ve killed
And turned the roads to mounds of flesh while drums
From the abyss destroy with brutal beats and notes.

Do we cower while power reigns with blood spilled?

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2019)

For What Pegman Saw 

17 responses

    • They’re demons who only take different forms. An example would be theocracy in the Middle Ages now taking the form of Fascism motivated by religious fanaticism. Thank you so much for your comment!

    • Sadly that’s true. I deleted my post spiritual nihilism because it went against my conscience. So I thought I’ll continue our conversation here. I can only turn to the Bible in answer to your question. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) Every thing in the Bible was written by men who were directly and thoroughly controlled by God. As far as spiritual nihilism is concerned, I now think it’s utter nonsense because only God who is perfect can rule perfectly in a world to come that’s perfect. So it’s repulsive (on my part) to rebel against him. Yes there is doubt and confusion, but I get carried away on waves of emotion and write things I later regret. Seeing the world as it is now, I’m convinced that humanity on its own will never reach utopia. Both because of the finitude of man and total depravity. Until creation is redeemed and justice is served, we will suffer because we’re creatures prone to it. I hope this doesn’t sound too preachy, but I couldn’t respond any other way.

      • I see your perspective, again. :)

        I still do not believe that God controlled anyone’s hand concerning the scriptures. I mean, think of the wacky ‘scriptures’ out there like The Apocrypha.

        I believe that mankind needs to be a more organic entity, allowed to choose and learn and grow. The proof in that is the ‘why bad things happen to good people’ argument. -Why bad things happen to anyone. -Why men do horrible horrible things to others. Etc.

      • The Apocrypha is not part of the original canon. It’s a catholic belief just like purgatory is. Bad things happen in my opinion because man is depraved. It’s true. I retract my original statement of being against total depravity. There is sorrow in the world because of sin. Man will not turn to a holy God on his own, because his very will is against him, and so God has to reveal himself to man. Not literally, but through election if you want to call it that. As far as free will is concerned, I don’t believe there is free will.

      • I really don’t know how it works. I mean, me dropping something is an act of choice and yet everything is predetermined according to the Bible. Including me dropping say a book.

      • I feel fuzzy on those details as well, especially since the religion I attend says agency is a BIG PART of our future destination.

        They kind of teach it like God knows what we’ll do and will test us or help us or send someone our way accordingly -but we still have to make the choice.

        I suppose it’s like God has The Last Chapter, yet we still need to live the full novel?

      • I’m slowly beginning to drift towards a middle path. Being a determinist can lead to terrifying pessimism. You can end up not wanting to get up from bed or have a bath because you’re so jaded and blame fate or God for everything. I think you make the choice and you reap what you sow. Sometimes however fate does get in the way and the outcome is something you never expected. That is God having the last say like you put it although reaping what you sow is also both an act of choice and God having the last say! Don’t think too much about how it works. Trust me, it’ll drive you mad!

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