The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

seem appropriate for our time:

"Time itself is neutral;

it can be used either destructively

or constructively.

More and more I feel that the people

of ill will

have used time much more effectively than have

the people

of good will.

We will have to repent in this generation

not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people,

but for the appalling silence of 

the good people.

Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability;

it comes through the tireless efforts

of people

willing to be coworkers with God,

and without this hard work,

time itself becomes an ally

of the forces of stagnation."

Amen, Reverend King ... amen.