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The Demagog

Passions ignited and burst into flame;
As the man spoke,
The crowd became
Wilder, more frenzied;
Joining in the game
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

Mindless insanity grew in the heat;
As the man spoke,
They would repeat
Parts of his phrases,
Chanted to a beat
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

“How is it that so many lose their heads?”
People would ask,
As the man said
Things so clearly wrong;
They swallowed instead
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

It isn’t our heads we lose, but our heart;
Passion is stirred;
Then people start
To join and react
To deception’s spark
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

Oh, guard your heart and mind to keep your soul
From ruthless ones
Whom you don’t know;
Preying on people
So that they will go
With fervor for them and their cause.

 

The promise of greatness stokes hope and fear,
As the man speaks,
The crowd will cheer,
But let your own heart
Be perfectly clear:
No fervor for him and his cause.

 

A powerful person, you have a voice
Let no one seek
To steal your choice;
But confidently
Acknowledge the joys
Of fervor for life and its cause.

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WHAT DID HIPPOCRATES KNOW!

Hippocrates was born c. 460 bc , island of Cos, Greece.  He died c. 375 , Larissa, Thessaly.  He was the most famous ancient Greek physician who lived during Greece’s Classical period and is traditionally regarded as the father of medicin.
Here are some quotes from him.  Given our current knowledge, how would you say he did?

 

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.
Walking is man’s best medicine.
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.
There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
Life is short, the art long.
Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.
Everything in excess is opposed to nature.
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I’d say he did quite well.
It’s amazing, how ancient wisdom turns out to be right on!

THINKING ABOUT CHANGE

I have been in a season of change.  I find myself pondering how this aspect of life becomes so important.  It is interesting to consider, for example, how we can resist it and want it, all at the same time.  Then there are matters of foolishness and wisdom, such as wanting change so much, we are never happy with what we have and where we are; or being so unwilling to change, we’re stuck, unhealthy and again, unhappy.

here are some things that others have had to say:

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
John F. Kennedy

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Barack Obama

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
Margaret Mead

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present.  And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
C. S. Lewis

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.
A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Reinhold Niebuhr

PEACEMAKERS

Here’s to the peacemakers, who don’t just smooth things over or try to pretend that wrong things are okay.
Instead, they speak truth, call people to a higher place, negotiate compromise that works, often standing up for vulnerable ones.
They bring reconciliation among people who have not been able to resolve differences on their own.
They are healers.

Peacemakers can be found in homes, schools, workplaces, hospitals and any other location where there are people.
They are domestic and international; sometimes visible and well known; other times, anonymous.
Their tools are courage, wisdom, patience and gracious ways.
All blessing be upon them.