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A recent sign read at a rally:

we said → black lives matter
never said only black lives matter
we know all lives matter

we just need your help with black lives matter for black lives are in danger

Agree or disagree this seems to sum up the perspective thoughtful protesters are trying to communicate in very few words. Elegant.

by Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet, 1914-1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Just a few Bible quotes and observations about the poor. All the quotes are from the King James version. Highlights are added and not from the source.

It seems to me that God is not the kind of being that seeks for you to be lazy. We shouldn't just wait and "trust in God" to help, solve problems, or make good things happen.

That kind of laziness does not seem to be consistent with the teachings in the Bible or other sources. Ignoring your own ability to think, decide, and take action is the easy way out.

Often this is expressed as, "I don't need to do something because God will take care of me." Or, rather than learning, understanding, and making a decision, the sentiment that, "I just trust in God." Lazy thinking and lazy in the lack of action.

On April 23, 1910, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt delivered the “Citizenship in a Republic” speech at the Sorbonne in Paris. Within the speech, I find one of his most quoted items, which is included below.