"Faust" -- the dramatic poem by Johann Wolfgang
von Goethe ( 1749-1832) -- the Devil introduces himself
as "that spirit who always says "No".
Mr. David Trimble and the Reverend Ian Paisley do
not want Old Nick to be the patron "saint"
of their respective parties, they had better start
say "Yes" -- yes to devolved government
and to restored institutions.
recognize that there is fear in the Unionist/Protestant
community of Northern Ireland, and I do not dismiss
that fear. But fear is not just a passive/neutral
thing: it can be very dangerous, almost as dangerous
Martin Luther King Jr. in his famous sermon, "Antidotes
for Fear" said : "Is not fear one of the
major causes of war? We say war is a consequence of
hate, but close scrutiny reveals this sequence: first
fear, then hate, then war, and finally deeper hatred".
the Unionists/Protestants of Northern Ireland could
only make the giant leap of accepting the concept
of equality,then I feel sure fear would disappear.
Love casts out fear, and there is no love without
must commit to equality and nonviolence; Nationalists
must commit to nonviolence; the British Government
must commit to even-handedness between the two communities;
the Irish Government must stay vigorously involved.
is the way forward -- and the way to invite in that
Spirit who always says "Yes".
Sean Mc Manus
Irish National Caucus
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