Monday, May 2, 2011

William Blake, Proverbs of Hell

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let 

your heart rejoice.

Proverbs 24:17

I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord

Ezekiel 18:32

I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked.

Ezekiel 33:11

 Returning hate for

 hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already

 devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can

 do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


  1. "When the wicked perish there is song."(Proverbs 11:10) However, when we broke into song and dance as the sea swallowed Pharaoh's army, the Holy One rebuked us saying: 'How can you sing now; look what I had to do to my creation.'

  2. I've been wondering what your post would read today, in light of what's happened. Elizabeth, I couldn't agree more with you. I was deeply disturbed by the images of people rejoicing at our nation's capital. A human life has been lost, and in my mind that is never something to celebrate.

  3. Thank you for having the courage to say it. Amen.

  4. I agree. I wonder what happened in his life to turn him into such an angry, violent man, bent on destruction.
    From one of your last posts, "What we take into our hands, we take into our hearts."

  5. Exactly what Gene and I were feeling last night as all of those college students were rejoicing; people who were only 8 years old in 2001 and probably didn't even really know what they were celebrating.

  6. i am with you.
    i find this deeply disturbing.

  7. How on target your post yesterday was. And how apt this one is too. Yes. I agree with you. My heart feels heavy for Obama, for all of us.

  8. Elizabeth, you have written so many worth-reading posts in the past weeks and I am so-so-so far behind on everything. Thank you for sharing your views on the news, on your joy in David Sedaris' presence (I loved "Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim"), on your neighbor's publication, on the constant struggle that you SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ENDURE with the insurance companies, on your beautiful family and everything else. I can't comment meaningfully on everything you have written, but I want to thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to speak out. Your voice is a gift and you always try to use it for good. I love you.

  9. Thank you for articulating what I've been feeling all day today.

    I am right here with you.

  10. I am glad you wrote this. I am a Quaker and we are against all wars and fighting. There IS a better way. Though at times I do feel very troubled when someone so horrible has so much power. Lately, I have been learning about socio-paths and their inability to feel love. It is sad. Hitler was also a socio-path and like Saddam, one that was also very intelligent and with too much money. It is a dreadful combination.
    I think the reason my heart aches the most is what he did to cause people to think all Muslim people are the same. Islam teaches love and tolerance but he has caused so many people to hate Muslims. That is the greatest travesty of all. Hate.

    I hope we all can learn from this. I hope we teach our children the power of hate. I hope we can teach our children the power of love and tolerance. I hope...

  11. Our local headlines say, DEAD. I was startled when I saw it. I find the rejoicing that I am hearing about ludicrous (I don't have a tv so i haven't been inundated with flag waving images.) Do you think the war on terror is over? Do you think Bin Laden acted alone? I hope that some who lost loved ones in 9/11 find closure in this act but this will not change the hearts of men. Good or bad men.

  12. I wish I had posted THIS.
    Perfect. In every way.

  13. I agree with all of it. I have to admit, however, that there is a light chance that both Ezekial and Martin Luther King were a little bit better human beings than I am.

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  15. Dave: I will continue to delete your hostile comments as long as they remain hostile. Do yourself a favor and visit blogs to your taste.

  16. It's all sort of surreal.
    My daughter said at the UMASS Campus of course, it was craziness.



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