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Hold Onto the Nails, Not the Hurt

Another great piece from Sherry:

Facebook brings us many people talking about and linking to many things, not all of them just, kind or beautiful. One had an angry screed at the top because the person felt outrage at the callus laughter of those who beat a man as the description of his beating and injuries were discussed in court. He called them not human. Another posted smugly about her politics, and how uneducated the other side stubbornly remains for daring to think otherwise. I received an email demanding I stand up against my own Church because it does not sanction what the world has decided must be. In every case, and I saw people rallying to the other side, people assembling on the internet in camps of left and right, Republican and Democrat, White and Black, Christian and non Christian, those in favor and those who oppose the redefinition of marriage as recognized by the state, and in every place, I saw people declare the other side, Not Human. Or less worthy human. Or even worthless. All matter of civility and principles, manners and charity were exchanged for vitriol, I'm right, you're a dunderhead. But in less gentle terms. Everyone everywhere felt entitled, justified to hold onto the hurt. And all I could think over and over again is Human. All too Human. Human. Human. Human.
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