May God Give Me Amazing Grace
With my Western 21st century eyes, it was strikingly clear to me that outlawing the slave trade was the right thing to do. But at this time in England’s history, even good people were conflicted about this issue. What about the harm to England’s economy? What about the port cities whose business would dry up, thus causing working class people to suffer?
As the movie reached its powerful climax, I couldn’t help but wonder if there are modern day parallels to the horrible slave trade, terrible awful injustices, that are right in front of my face. That I am unaware, or unconcerned, or conflicted about. That I am complicit in.
In 200 years, I wonder, what common practices will be looked upon with abhorrence the way we look at slavery? What will be looked back on with disgust and embarrassment by our descendents? Will it be the lack of resources directed towards stopping the trafficking of hundreds of thousands of women who are forced to be sex slaves? Will it be raising animals to kill and eat them? Will it be the idea that humans have the right to keep out from certain lands other humans who want to migrate and move to a better life?
The song “Amazing Grace” is a refrain throughout the movie, written by an old sea captain of a slave ship who had come to bitterly regret his role in the business. And as a reviewer on NPR said, may God give me the amazing grace to discover and work against the injustices that are blighting my world today.
I’d love to hear your ideas about the current practices you think will, with time, be looked upon widely with abhorrence. What injustices are blighting our world today, that too many are unconcerned about?