WILL EVIL TRIUMPH?

WILL EVIL TRIUMPH?

Even in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, most people still remember that Christmas — this holy day began as a celebration of the birth of a baby boy. We also recall that this baby’s life did not originate in the United States. He most likely had dark hair, skin, and brown eyes. I hope you will watch the attached video until the end and that as you do so, you will consider facts about a birth we seek to honor.

I realize that the words of hatred expressed by the woman talking in this video must come from her own fears and feelings of inadequacy. That very baby we celebrate would ask us to forgive her. As other customers listen in silence to the woman’s words, their lack of response seems equally damning.

Edmund Burke reminds us, “THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING.” I have to ask myself, “If I had been in the crowd, would I have spoken up?” Speaking up would have been uncomfortable. I remind myself, and all of us, that opposing cruelties toward others no longer can be an option.

If, like silent sheep, we allow hate filled words and actions to remain unchallenged, the Baby’s life and His teachings will have been in vain.

 

6 thoughts on “WILL EVIL TRIUMPH?

  1. Anita

    Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such anger! And to be honest, I probably would have remained silent. I don’t think anything could have given her comfort at that particular time.

    1. Barbara Post author

      Anita, I am an old “people pleaser” who has always hesitated to speak up. Responding to an angry, frightened person could not be easy. I also agree with you that nothing I might say would provide comfort for the woman who is so upset. However, I’ve decided I can no longer say nothing.

        1. Barbara Post author

          Anita, I’m working on this. Personally, if I had been in the group hearing the woman in the video, maybe I would have had the presence of mind to say something like, “I can tell you are very upset about this. I do not agree with you.” Maybe it’s that easy.

          Also, I’ve inquired about some training, which I will share if it seems worthwhile. As part of my own search for ways to respond, I’m also working on a new post, which will have the suggestions below.
          1. If you notice someone being verbally mistreated, ignore the attacker and begin a quiet conversation with the person being assaulted.
          2. Talk about any random subject such as the weather or a movie.
          3. Create a “safe space” for the individual without looking at or saying anything to the aggressor.
          4. As soon as the abusive person leaves, accompany the individual to a quiet, neutral space. “Respect their wishes if they tell you they’re ok and just want to go.”

          1. Anita

            I’ve been thinking about this and the only thing I can come up with is to say to the woman is maybe:
            Is there anything I can do to make you feel better? Would you like a cup of coffee, or can I exchange your package for you while you shop.
            I would think to tell them “I can see you’re angry” would only make them more angry. I value your opinion, Barbara, as I’ve had no training in this area.

          2. Barbara Post author

            Anita, I think your ideas are great. I have not had training either and am searching. Your best question is, “Is there anything I can do to make you feel better?” Thanks for the suggestion.

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