Resistance Is the Supreme Act of Faith

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      By Chris Hedges


      Becket: It is not for me to win you round. I have only to say no to you.
      King: But you must be logical, Becket!
      Becket: No. That isn’t necessary, my liege. We must only do—absurdly—what we have been given to do—fight to the end.
      —From the play “Becket,” by Jean Anouilh

      The struggle against the monstrous radical evil that dominates our lives—an evil that is swiftly despoiling the earth and driving the human species toward extinction, stripping us of our most basic civil liberties and freedoms, waging endless war and solidifying the obscene wealth of an oligarchic elite at our expense—will be fought only with the belief that resistance, however futile, insignificant and even self-defeating it may appear, can set in motion moral and spiritual forces that radiate outward to inspire others, including those who come after us. It is, in essence, an act of faith. Nothing less than this faith will sustain us. We resist not because we will succeed, but because it is right. Resistance is the supreme act of faith.

      During the Vietnam War, on the afternoon of May 17, 1968, nine Catholics, including two brothers, the radical priests Phil and Dan Berrigan, entered the draft board in Catonsville, Md., and seized Selective Service records. They carted them outside to the parking lot in metal trash cans and set them on fire with homemade napalm—the recipe was from the Special Forces Handbook of the U.S. Army. The men and women, many of whom were or had been members of Catholic religious orders, stood and prayed around the bonfire until they were arrested. They were protesting not only the war but, as Dan Berrigan wrote, “every major presumption underlying American life.” They acted, and eventually went to prison, Berrigan went on, “to set in motion spiritual rhythms whose outward influences are, in the nature of things, simply immeasurable.”



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      To dream the impossible dream
      To fight the unbeatable foe
      To bear with unbearable sorrow
      And to run where the brave dare not go

      To right the unrightable wrong
      And to love pure and chaste from afar
      To try when your arms are too weary
      To reach the unreachable star

      This is my quest
      To follow that star
      Ooh, no matter how hopeless
      No matter how far
      To fight for the right
      Without question or pause
      To be willing to march, march into he double hockey sticks
      For that heavenly cause

      And I know
      If I’ll only be true
      To this glorious quest
      That my heart
      Will lie peaceful and calm
      When I’m laid to my rest


      To the Ramparts Fellow Dreamers!


      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

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