A brave German woman
trusted her inner voice
and shouted out at
a major politically correct
Why? According to Islam,
what was happening,
turned the church into
Her self trust - good trust.
As for the politically correct
who organized the event
bad judgment, bad trust.
Trust and Self Trust:
Good, The Bad,
Good trust. I was trusted. My word was trusted.
I went to a concert a few days ago. A well-known local group. Sold-out venue - maybe 1000 people. When I got there, I couldn't find my ticket. I told this to the young man at the door. Wait a minute, he said, and I'll see what I can do. He went backstage, came out with the lead singer - who offered me his elbow, escorted me inside. You're in, he said.
Trust. I was trusted that I was telling the truth.
There's a background to the story. The group plays monthly at a local club that attracts regulars - between 100 and 200 people, I'd say - between ages 18 and 80 (and even over). The group has a visibly good time performing. I've gone a few times with my sister. They're a pleasure to watch and dance to.
I don't know any of the musicians, but I'm sure I'm recognized. There's a warm family atmosphere at the club.
It fits that my word was trusted. It goes with the group. And my guess is that the group attracts trustworthy people. Why would I want to cheat the group by claiming to have bought a ticket when I hadn't?
Anyway, great concert.
Now, bad trust. Into my inbox came a link to a video about someone identified only as a "brave German woman." She interrupted a politically correct interfaith event at a major German church, when an imam was doing the Muslim call to prayer.
Why do I bring up bad trust in relation to this incident?
I think the interfaith group trusted that this was a good thing to do, did not ask: what does it mean, when the Muslim call to prayer is done in a church? The answer: it turns the church into a mosque - at least until such time as it is reconsecrated as a church. That's the word from the brave German woman, and the word from a friend who is more of a scholar about these things than I am.
The bad trust goes much further. The Christian organizers seem to trust that such an interfaith event is a good thing - despite the content of the Quran which clearly, over and over, calls for Christianity - and all religions other than Islam - to be destroyed. Islam is to take over the world in a worldwide caliphate, including by violent means. It doesn't make any sense to me that any other religion would allow the Muslim call to prayer in any church, synagogue, temple.
And from that I think of self-trust. The woman who called out was impelled to go to the church, a long distance from her home, and then to call out, by a strong inner voice.
My sense is that many of us have felt such an impetus. In the woman's case, she felt it came from Jesus.
In my own, it feels like it comes from within me. A question I can't find the answer to. Something that doesn't make sense to me - like the Muslim outcry over the Danish cartoon and the general Western acquiescence. I can remember that inner impetus, that strong inner voice, from when I was seven.
I don't know how it is that those who consider themselves Christian and who organized the event could not have heard something inside themselves insisting, this is wrong, this should not be happening, it must be stopped.
I think of people put to sleep, numbed.
I'm glad the woman was awake and listening. May we all listen to our alive inner voices that get us to face realities.
And now, a small call to action. Not to anything as dramatic as what the brave woman did.
Iran is executing ever more people - one every seven hours, at latest count. Two very brave young men, both sentenced to death, have written a letter about this, and have signed it. They are risking that they will die sooner because of this. What I am asking is that you publicize this letter. Please post it on any Facebook page you have, or on Google+. If you tweet, please tweet about it. Or write a letter to a newspaper. Or anyway, please forward to friends, so they hear about it. The hope is to shame Iran into at least slowing the rate of executions. At the very least, more people will be aware.
Here is the link. Again, please share it any way you can.
In the meantime, all the best to all of us who care and dare,
February 12, 2014
PS. It should be no surprise to anyone that a major focus of the next set of interviews I will be doing is ethics, right and wrong.
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Good trust. It's between trustworthy people.
We trust them. They trust us.
Good trust. A source can be
a healthy inner voice, healthy self trust.
Good trust. It feels good to feel this, act on it,
be treated with it.
Bad trust. Something or someone is trusted
that should not be trusted,
that is at least potentially dangerous, for instance.
Self trust. That is listening to yourself,
believing your inner voice is trustworthy.
This is a powerful force -
though of course not infallible.
People fall for con artists all the time.
Sometimes people don't quite trust,
but at others they fully trust.
Still, often our inner voices warn us -
something is not right here.
The hair rises on the nape of our neck.
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to a blog journal on trusting your intuition, click here.
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to all of Elsa's diary blogs, click here.
Good Trust. Bad Trust. Self Trust.
A brave German woman listens to her inner voice,
out against a politically correct interfaith event
that turns a church into a mosque.