Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Agape

I don't write these post to divide people. It is more to unite. We live in the same neighborhood, borough, city and country. I don't want this blog to become a black vs white issue. I want this to be more of a wrong vs right. Justice vs injustice.

Seeing these injustices that goes on, I don't want this to be bash the white people or hipsters or yuppies or anything else. What I want to bash is Injustice. I want Flatbush to remain on open place. A place where ANYONE can find a place to live regardless of their skin color. A place where people are judge by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

In his famous writing "The power of Non-violence" Martin Luther King Jr said that "We have to make it clear that also the resister seeks to attack the evil system rather then the individuals who happen to be caught in the system"

Martin Luther King Jr also talked about the agape love. He said that the Greek language uses 3 different words for love. He said that "
Eros is a sort of aesthetic love. It has come to us to be a sort of romantic love and it stands with all of its beauty. But when we speak of loving those who oppose us we’re not talking about eros. The Greek language talks about philia and this is a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends. This is a vital, valuable love. But when we talk of loving those who oppose you and those who seek to defeat you we are not talking about eros or philia. The Greek language comes out with another word and it is agape. Agape is understanding, creative, redemptive good will for all men. Biblical theologians would say it is the love of God working in the minds of men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. And when you come to love on this level you begin to love men not because they are likeable, not because they do things that attract us, but because God loves them and here we love the person who does the evil deed while hating the deed that the person does. It is the type of love that stands at the center of the movement that we are trying to carry on in the Southland—agape." Maybe we should adopt this philosophy here in Flatbush.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Flatbush a.k.a. larger world.

You are clearly frustrated and is expressing that frustration - nothing wrong with that.
Do you feel you’ve accomplished your heart’s desire? Perhaps a little mental shifting to promote action against disenfranchisement would ease the pain. Perhaps you are not where you want to be and is blaming. I see you want to offer solutions to prompt action, however what/who is the underlying problem and why should a black person opt to feel victimized and reactive? Isn’t the victim mentality just a way to avoid taking action? Isn't reactive anger just another way of letting the problem control you? How can the disenfranchised counter the effects of racism? Education, action and changed behavior right? Those are the initial steps an individual can take to rise above something inherent and long standing. You will reach more and be more effective if you ‘seem’ open to creating dialogue where differing perspectives reason, hopefully bringing about an understanding of where you are coming from and why these forms of injustices occur. We fight injustice with resolve and shared intelligence.

dan said...

I am about as successfully as a man can be. I don't need to feel like a victim to SEE injustice. This has nothing to do with "a victim mentally". It is simple so I will type as slow as I can so you can understand. People have a right to live wherever they want. This is the United States of America. Racial Steering is ILLEGAL. It has been for the pass 40 years. This is about RIGHT vs WRONG. You can take your Rush Limbaugh victim mentally diatribe somewhere else. I've published your post. You've attempted to high jacked my blog. I will not engage you anymore. Engaging someone like you would be like arguing with the President of Iran about whether or not the Holocaust existed. You are a nut job. Get a life. Try reading some of my post about how to get a woman and get some ass. GO AWAY!

Anonymous said...

The first comment may not have been a viewpoint with which you agree, but the response you gave was insulting and rude. Poor form, Dan.

Based on your previous posts, I know you're capable of being thoughtful and respectful.

Your blog is interesting to read - I hope the comment sections stay civil.

dan said...

This person had been attempting to flam my blog from my first post. From his writing style I suspect it’s the same person that has been posting racist stuff on Brownstoner as well as Ditmas Park Blog. He comments on every blog as soon as a post is posted, no matter what the topic is. I just don’t have time for it. This is the main reason why I had to moderate comments. It was kinda hash. My bad :)