It Ain't All Waitin on You

It Ain't All Waitin on You

   No Country for Old Men   's Sheriff Bell ponders his responsibility to stem the tide.

No Country for Old Men's Sheriff Bell ponders his responsibility to stem the tide.


"You can't stop what's coming," Ellis says, admonishing Sheriff Bell as No Country for Old Men enters its climactic scenes.

And thenright there: with humanity and morality and light and darkness dangling inside a pregnant pauseI wondered if Ellis, for all his apparent earthy wisdom, would succumb to an easy-does-it defeatism.

Or perhaps he'd press the opt-out button, abdicating personal or social responsibility.

Strikingly, he does neither.

Instead he offers Sheriff Bell (and those of us listening in) what amounts to a firm, loving corrective: "It ain't all waitin on you. That's vanity."

 

I'm completely with Ellis on this one.

It is indeed the better (worse) part of vanityand, yes, for people of faith as for people of no particular faithto believe that we can actually save the world.

That we have the personal or social power to rescue and deliver the darkened souls of men, women, and societies.

That I/you alone, with all the goodness we can muster, can flip the script of some evil tide coming to shore.

Maybe it's enough to ask

Given our knowledge, our experience, our relationships and resources, what are we able to do well...where we are...in the short-term...for the sake of the long-term?

If you spend 15 minutes reading world news online you can be exposed to more misery than you could hope to address in a lifetime. We [must] recognize our own finitude. We can’t do, be, or solve everything. So, given when and where we stand, what can we do well, and enduringly, and as a manifestation of our love for God and love for neighbor?
— Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

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