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When my program was at Rochdale College Christians, Maoists and Marxists all gave me their literature/propaganda which I read.

I learned that most of them neither read nor gave thought to the stuff they handed out. They had joined the group they joined because they did not want to be alone.

None of the “Christians” knew Jesus, in the sermon on the mount, said “Call no man teacher and let no man call you teacher.”

None of the Maoists knew that Mao said the revolution must rise naturally and if forced will be stillborn.

None of the Marxists knew that Marx said we can’t have a socialist state because when we have a socialist state the state becomes the capitalist.

Katharine Hepburn stated, “the group dynamic is second rate. I want no part of it.”

It is impossible for second rate to become first rate. There will always be more second rate people than there will be first rate.

There is no value in arguing or debating or trying to “prove.”

There is value in walking away.

Let those who think it enough to belong to the party think that. They’ll find out soon enough the party does not give a damn about them.

I learned that after his books were published Karl Marx received a letter from so people saying they wanted to create a movement based on his ideas which they would like his permission to call Marxism. Marx replied, “Call it what you will. I’m not a Marxist.”

I practice what Jesus taught by forgiving the people behind the long standing attempts to destroy myself and others (turn the other cheek), by giving help to those who need it and by staying cheerful amidst the storm.

A fellow who runs a church around the corner drops literature off regularly. One day he started describing the sorry state of the world as if this somehow represents failure.

I reminded him the world has always been in a sorry state, that these are the signs of the times and that we are called to be cheerful amidst the storm. He stopped bellyaching and gave me a hug.

That cross is a reminder that Jesus gave everything. Too often the people who look at it give the least possible. God’s grace, I give more than asked.

My programs have always been by donation. Why? Because God returns multiplied what we give.

I learned that many who could give little gave much and said they were sorry they could not give more while many who dressed richly gave as little as possible saying, “It is all I can afford.”

There is an old saying, “The nearer the church/synagogue/temple the farther from Allah/The Buddha/God.”

Crosses did not appear in churches until the 4th century. Before that we are told people could not bear to look upon them. It is not a good thing we now can. It means seeing we see not, hearing we hear not.

I have learned from experience that, yes, the greater evil is found among those who watch and do nothing.

Jane Jacobs did not believe in God. She said, “When we see the need to stand up, to help, and do nothing we kill a part of our soul.”

“Someone ought to do it, but why should I? Someone ought to do it, so why not I? Between these two sentences lie whole centuries of moral evolution.”― Annie Besant.

Around this time in 2018 (March 18) a man who came to my programs asked if he could access the internet. We gave him access. A few months later the police arrived with a warrant that stated on that date someone had done something the police learned later no one living here had done.

Laura Lind, in EYE WEEKLY, wrote, “Reg Hartt is everything Jane Jacobs wrote about.”

What makes me EVERYTHING she wrote about is the constant efforts to destroy me. Ed Keenan, of THE STAR, said, “Reg, you are the only person in this city who stands up.” I said, “There are more but nowhere near enough.”

As a person who listens to Jesus I know we are called to be, as Jesus was, both the bandit’s victim and the Samaritan, to get the stuffing beat out of us and to help when others cross the road and pass on by.

I find this best said in a scene from GODFATHER III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjp5LFWqukU.

This Easter will find many unable to celebrate it in church with others.

As they celebrate it alone they can think of the man who died alone on a cross after having been beaten to near death, spat upon and mocked.

In that moment he was the lowest of the low.

He had stood before two courts.

The first had profaned everything they held sacred.

The second those who dragged him to it would not enter because to do so made them unclean.

The first found him guilty.

The second said, “We see no guilt in this man.”

Think on that this Easter as you celebrate it alone.

The thing most don’t know about the man who helped the bandit’s victim in Jesus’ story, the Samaritan, was viewed with absolute contempt by the Pharisee and Scribe (lawyer) who passed him by. It’s important to be viewed with contempt by the right people.

Jesus was both the bandit’s victim and the Samaritan. We must be as well. –Reg Hartt

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+10%3A25-37&version=KJV

In 2009 posters appeared all over Toronto designed to incite violence upon a helpless man. I bought a camera, filmed them, listened to one person after another say, “There is nothing we can do” until I finally found a woman in the then mayor’s office who said, “There is something I can do.” Terry said, “You saved my life. Thank you.” https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

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