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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, May 16, 2004
    Hurt people hurt people
    "The trouble with anxious people is that their fears diminish them. Bootle-born community worker Ann Morisey spoke on this subject at the Greenbelt festival a couple of years ago, and she said a memorable thing: HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE.

    If you are full of fear you won't be able to think straight, and you'll react badly - clam up or hit out or take it out on someone else. Or go for retail therapy.

    Maybe anxiety is behind the controversies over asylum. We are genuinely anxious about our jobs, and about our homes, about our way of life. Understandably in all the upheavals of our day. But the people who hold the key to these things are our employers and our landlords and our mortgage-lenders and our councillors. Not our immigrant neighbours. It seems to me with this issue we let our fears make us strike out at the wrong people. HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE."

    -- from my sermon today, as election season grinds into gear and it seems the only parties with any energy for campaigning are the fascist ones...