At the end of a horrific year, are Americans still our brother’s keeper? At least, we all want justice and need each other to get it. Black Lives Matter taught us that.
Throughout history the worldview of a people in a specific age depended upon what they knew about nature. Because the heavens influenced the earth — wind, rain, daytime heat for crops, and nighttime light — the heavenly orbs were worshipped for their powers and their generally gracious ethics.
Religious storytellers handed down sacred histories of the ancestors reflecting settlement and work patterns. The gods or God supported either the habits of rural folk who distributed land broadly and believed in equality, or urban people who hoarded money and developed a wealthy class of people.
Law was used to express and regulate these two different political systems, and educational programs were used to teach the law. America started the first way, but we have now turned to the second way, which conflicts with the religion and laws that our ancestors handed down to us.
What are we to do?
Kimball Shinkoskey, Woods Cross
Letter: Are we still our brother’s keeper? /p>