The Week of September 24th - September 30th


Words according to Thomas, Co-Founder, Sacrificial Goat, and Creative Director of Raven Vanguard

People who think and act differently than me, even radically different than me, are not my enemy. Tolerance and understanding are among the most generous and mediating forms of intercession humankind has at its disposal, while the act of forgiveness is every bit their equal. And please know that invoking tolerance, understanding, and forgiveness does not mean the same thing as cowardice.

But when anyone who walks amidst and betwixt us hurts, batters, defiles, assails, maims or defames any other person in their so-called exercise of dissimilar thought or action, they should rightly become enemies of us all, no matter who they are, where they come from, what they do or don’t do to earn a living, who they pray to, who they adore, and no matter who, whom, or what they claim to represent.

For some of us, turning a blind eye is a matter of emotional necessity and a means of moral and spiritual self-preservation. I get this. Sometimes choosing to be either out to lunch, inattentive, or unseeing regarding the shitstorm continually swirling all around us is understandable, even acceptable. But willful somnambulistic wandering in callous disregard of others, and turning an unsympathetic and hardhearted blind eye to the plight of your earthly neighbors is never acceptable. It is this breed of inconsiderate and neglectful sightlessness I will never understand.

In closing, here’s where Jim and I part company, I believe that you still can petition God with prayer, provided you are sincere about it.