On Saturday I joined other members of Bakewell Quaker Meeting by the river Wye, to hold a one hour silent peace vigil to remember all victims of all wars - civilians and soldiers.*
And yesterday I spoke in Quaker meeting about it. And I quoted from something I have shared with you before – Andrew Boyd’s piece called Hopelessness can change the world.
You are faced with a stark choice: do you dedicate yourself to an impossible cause? or do you look after your own, making do as best you can?
The choice is clear: You must dedicate yourself to an impossible cause. Why? Because we are all incurable. Because solidarity is a form of tenderness. Because the simple act of caring for the world is itself a victory. Take a stand – not because it will lead to anything, but because it is the right thing to do. We never know what can or can’t be done; only what must be done. Let us do it.
Following on from that, a Quaker of 90 stood up and said she had been supporting lost causes since 1940, and she was very happy to see that there are plenty of young people now who are happy to support lost causes into the future.
We never know what can or can’t be done; only what must be done. Let us do it.
*You won’t see me – I was taking the photo.