What does that mean - to 'do the right thing?' The
'thing' we need to do generally is something life changing – affecting us
personally – or the lives of others in close relationships with us. Or, it
involves a broader social & political decision that will effect the entire
planet – in the spirit of Hawking's warning: “[Humanity is facing] a number of
[real and existential] threats to our survival from nuclear war, catastrophic
global warming, and genetically engineered viruses.” Perhaps the right thing
that needs to be done will consist of the sum total of all of the smaller 'right
thing' decisions of people like us – decisions which taken together and across
the entire planet could really effect world change. Russell McNeil, PhD (Physics) Presented November 20, 2016 at First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo
"A chosen people is the opposite of a master race, first, because it is not a race but a covenant; second because it exists to serve God, not to master others. A master race worships itself, a chosen people worships something beyond itself. A master race believes it has rights; a chosen people knows only that it has responsibilities." Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Not in God's Name, Schocken, New York. 2015.
As someone who does not identify as a chosen people or part of a master race, I ruminate about how to respond to the world, particularly that part of the world I cannot endorse. So I am comforted by the people who have taken on ministry and who feel responsible enough to care for community.
How do I act on a feeling of responsibility without assuming that I know what other people should do, or what we should do? It's very easy to slip into a political preaching that suggests I know, or that my being a good example means that others should follow it. Or worse yet, create…
A very important article in The Guardian analyses the rise of hyper-masculinity and the phenomenon of Angry White Men. "Sociologist Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s foremost experts on the phenomenon. - His recent research has looked at topics including spree killers (who are overwhelmingly male and white), as well as the relationship between masculinity and political extremism."
In the article there is a report on a study on testosterone where 5 monkeys are observed. The one who rises to the top beats up number 2 and number 2 beats up number 3 - and so it goes down to number 5.