PORTIA (Merchant of Venice/Shakespeare)
The quality of mercy is not strained.It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It becomesThe thronèd monarch better than his crown.His scepter shows the force of temporal power,The attribute to awe and majestyWherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings,But mercy is above this sceptered sway.It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings.It is an attribute to God himself.And earthly power doth then show likest God’sWhen mercy seasons justice.
Today, as I read the updates on hurricanes Irma and Harvey I was mortified to read that some people were vigorously attributing these natural disasters to God’s way of cleansing the Earth and punishing the wicked. I normally avoid commenting on spiritual matters, but this is an exception. Natural disasters are the result of the imbalances in the Earth ecosystems that we have caused by polluting our environment and mistreating our planet. For example, this is the first time ever that 3 hurricanes: Harvey, Irma and now Jose have existed concurrently during hurricane season. If you want to say that Global Warming is a curse I’ll have to agree with you on that, but this curse was definitely self inflicted.
Likewise, if you want to say the people who have denied their brothers and sisters shelter during the storm are wicked, or that the people who carelessly tied defenseless animals to trees are evil; I’ll agree with that … but by and large the people who were displaced and are suffering because of these natural disasters are not for you, or me or anyone else to judge. I have seen some horrible, demeaning, self-aggrandizing comments about “God’s Judgement” on social media and I am appalled at the lack of humanity that some people wave like bright banners in the wind.
As we begin to rebuild after these disasters the critics and naysayers of the victims both human and animal should be ashamed of themselves for their incredible self-righteous indignation.