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Monday Masala

July 14 · Issue #23 · View online
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There is a consensus among horticulturists and food historians that although tea is cultivated from many parts of the world, they all come from the same species - Camelia Sinensis.
Thus, after millenia of global trade, this famous beverage presents itself as an enduring connector of humanity. A construction worker sipping karak chai from the chaiwalla in Mumbai, the boy rushing into the kitchen after smelling mom’s “kiri te” ( milk tea ) in Colombo, and a business executive in Shanghai about to take his first sip of oolong, are all inextricably bound to each other in a tapestry of mutuality through a single cup.
In his notable commencement address at Oberlin College in 1965, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr describes this interconnectedness:
“All mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be - this is the interrelated structure of reality..”
I am convinced that our sanity in this pandemic world depends on how we answer an age-old question presented by Rabbi Jesus Christ of Nazareth that was eventually contextualized by Pastor Fred Rogers:
“Who is your neighbor?
For to the extent we see our destinies interwoven with each other in the human family is the extent to which we can simultaneously create spaces for mutual belonging, caring confrontation, and unconditional acceptance in this tumultuous cultural moment.
And lest you forget:
It’s good to have chai by yourself.
but it hits different when you have company.
A Good Read
"Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution"
QUOTE I'm pondering
“Many take it for granted that they are Christians, simply because they subscribe to certain theological tenets. But they have not brought the truth into practical life. They have not believed and loved it, therefore they have not received the power and grace that come through sanctification of the truth. Men may profess faith in the truth; but if it does not make them sincere, kind, patient, forbearing, heavenly-minded, it is a curse to its possessors, and through their influence it is a curse to the world.
The greatest deception of the human mind in Christ’s day was that a mere assent to the truth constitutes righteousness. In all human experience a theoretical knowledge of the truth has been proved to be insufficient for the saving of the soul. It does not bring forth the fruits of righteousness. A jealous regard for what is termed theological truth often accompanies a hatred of genuine truth as made manifest in life.
The darkest chapters of history are burdened with the record of crimes committed by bigoted religionists.
Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, 309.3

Grace and Peace
KW

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