Welcome to a discussion about the upcoming 5th Revolution in the US, which I’ve titled the “Revenge Revolution.” For more about the Revenge Revolution and the author, Entry #1. Periodically I write a “sense check” to assess whether a revolution in the US is possible or whether the entire exercise is based on a statistical aberration — i.e., a roughly 50-year cycle between major upheavals in the US. Entry #430 was the most recent “sense check.”
BEGIN ENTRY #441: At the beginning of services last Friday night, the rabbi asked congregants to do something. Doubtless, a similar request was made at services of all faiths throughout the weekend and, unfortunately, likely will be repeated for weeks or months to come.
The rabbi asked congregants to pray for the people of Ukraine. I listened and thought the request was quite appropriate. Then I thought, just what am I going to pray for? The Ukrainians have done nothing wrong. The Ukrainians are completely innocent. So, rather than praying for the Ukrainian people, shouldn’t I be praying for Vladamir Putin to quit being so stupid and arrogant? Shouldn’t I be praying for Putin to become incapacitated or even die so then the Russians can withdraw from Ukraine?
I must not be good at praying because praying for something negative to happen doesn’t seem right. And praying for innocent people not to get killed or injured doesn’t seem right either. Maybe I should just be praying for the situation to end peacefully and quietly. Doing so might be a good start.