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When Evil-Doing Comes Like Falling Rain

Like one who brings an important letter to the counter after office hours: the counter is already closed.
Like one who seeks to warn the city of an impending flood, but speaks another language.  They do not understand him.
Like a beggar who knocks for the fifth time at the door where he has four times been given something: the fifth time he is hungry.
Like one whose blood flows from a wound and who awaits the doctor: his blood goes on flowing.
So do we come forward and report that evil has been done us.

The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread.

When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out ‘stop!’

When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.

~Bertolt Brecht (translation by John Willett)


About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

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  1. Cindy doesn’t that just say it all! We become in the road to the conflict and the desecration of both humans and the environment. Thank you for this post

    • You inspired me to find it, Judith, with your post. I’ve been kind of wearing blinders, or at least blogging as if I don’t see what’s happening, because it is so, so painful. Sometimes, for our own sanity, I think we have to look directly at it, no matter how hard.

    • Oh, Lisa, exactly!! And of course you would pick up on that, as you keep such a careful watch over this world around us. I wonder if there is no end to the harm humans can wreak…and thank heaven for your kind and gentle soul!

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