I thought about this long and hard.I wonder what type of country we are now.Is this what defines us as country. Hatred, racism, intolerance. It saddens me when the death of seven year old Jazmine Barnes in what appears to be a racially motivated drive by is overshadowed by a government shutdown that at its core is really about appeasing the fears of those who would remain divided in hate rather than united in love. Our supposed leader constantly stirring those fears with divisive, hate filled speech. It is time we stop pretending, stop trying not to offend, stop looking to be politically correct.It is time we stand up, time we speak up, time we make over voices cry out with a roar. ENOUGH.We will not let hatred rule us and we will not allow those who preach the freedom to believe they can do so.
Do not let this moment pass without showing who we can become not who we seemingly are.Let us show the proper respect for a young life sadly taken from us to soon.
Post the name and picture of Jazmine Barnes on your Facebook timeline, your twitter account, your instagram page, whatever social media you are on. Offer your prayers and condolences to her grieving family, let them know we are with them and let us pray to the Lord to give us the strength as human beings to begin to move away from these type of tragedies.
I say the future is ours…
…if you can count!
Now, look what we have
here before us.
We’ve got the Muslims…
…sitting next to
We’ve got the Christians …
…right by the Atheists
The Whites up against the Blacks and the heterosexuals back to back with the homosexuals.
Nobody is wasting nobody.
…is a miracle.
is the way things ought to be.
You’re standing right now
with nine delegates from every race, nationality religion and sexual orientation
That’s over 7 and a half billion humans.
Now, put that in perspective and you’ll understand there ain’t but a handful of racist, misogynist, intolerant hate filled humans left in this whole world
Can you dig it?
Can you dig it?
Can you dig it?
Now here’s the sum total.
Unity and tolerance could run this world.
We could make it a paradise. Because we got the Earth
Can you dig it?
The problem in the past
has been those committed to hate and division turning us against one another.
We have been unable
to see the truth,
because we’ve been fighting
for 10 square feet of ground,
our turf, our little piece of turf.
That’s crap, brothers and sisters
The turf is ours by right
because it’s our turn.
All we have to do
is see the good in each other
We slowly root out the hate from each corner of the globe
Secure our territory,
secure our turf
because it’s all our turf and this Earth would be a paradise.
There is nothing more ugly than division and hate for each other with the exception of those who promote it for personal gain. One day they will have to stand before the creator and justify the unjustifiable.
There is nothing more beautiful than unity and compassion for each other. Blessings shall be showered unto those of us who who practice it. For we all God’s children regardless of what we may look like.
What does it mean to be American. It means you are part of a diverse community that includes individuals of different races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religious beliefs and a host of other differences. That we embrace those differences so together we become greater than the sum of all us. That we educate ourselves on each other’s differences so we may be better understand our fellow Americans. That we rebuke those who believe in dividing us by stoking the prejudices and fears that innately resides in each of us so they can enhance their own power and wealth. That we reject the notion that preaching uniformity will make America great again, as if the continued diversification of this great land made us not great. That we dismiss those who believe we should isolate ourselves from others instead of showing compassion for those who are suffering from other countries. That we do not simply quote the words All Men are Created Equal but that we actively live them. It is in the melding of each one of us into society as a whole and the embrace of that philosophy that makes us American.
I often find myself gazing up at the night sky awed by the magnitude of the universe. So many stars with numerous planets revolving around many of them. In such vastness is it possible that we are all alone. The odds alone would seem to say no, that somewhere out there are other intelligent life. But what if their isn’t what if Earth is special. Teeming with various species this wonderful blue ball we call home travels around the sun not to close and not to far just the right distance to sustain life as we know it. The moon is our constant companion as we journey through space unique in its size to that of Earth compared to other planet’s satellites. Acting as a defense to shield us from asteroids and comets that would have otherwise impacted Earth. As well as serving as a major player in the evolution of life on Earth. Could all these factors just have been luck. Is life on Earth something that defied the odds and is unlikely to have happened anywhere else or is it all part of a master design.
Since science has taught us about the creation of the universe and the evolution of life here on Earth it has been at odds with the concept of creationism. But what if there is some truth to both? What if there is a higher force that started it all? What if the existence of the universe in all its wonder is developing the way science teaches us but is doing so as part of a higher force’s grand design if that is so why are we unique, as far we know, in the vastness of space? That question itself begs the answer to a another question. What are we here for, what are we meant to do, meant to be?
Since the beginning of mankind we have found ways to hate, subjugate, and kill each other based on whatever excuse is convenient at the time. We have evolved to the point that not only are we a danger to each other but to our most important living force, Mother Earth. Clearly this could not be our purpose. We must have a greater significance or our very existence is pointless. After all when all the prejudices that fuel our hate are wiped away we are all the same. We may look different, speak different languages, live on one side of a imaginary lines we have divided this planet into or the other but we are all human reliant on this beautiful blue ball that we seem to take for granted as we continue to abuse her.
I choose to believe that if we embraced each other, showed compassion to each other and stopped our abuse of the planet we would be able to connect as a whole, each individual with each other and subsequently with the Earth itself. The sheer thought of what that connection would unleash within us, what we could accomplish as a species is beyond description and maybe just maybe that is what we are meant to accomplish. Maybe the higher force gave us the ability to make our own decisions to see if we would embrace the concept of unity. To see if we could work together to uplift each other, to build a better society one in which all individuals would live without the fear of hunger, homelessness, poverty, terrorism and war. If that truly is our ultimate purpose we are a long way from realizing it. But we have taken baby steps in the right direction as the fictional Captain Kirk once uttered – We are a promising species and maybe in a thousand years or so we’ll be able to prove it. After all our existence is unique now we must prove we are worthy of that.
Some of us are republicans some democrats and some independents. Some of us are people of color some of us are not. Some of us are heterosexual some homosexual some bisexual. Some of us Christian some Muslim some Jewish some atheists and a hosts of other beliefs. In the end we are all American and most importantly we are all humans.
In some of us thete is often a fear of the unknown, an irrational fear that leads to isolation. Isolation leads to a lack of knowledge and understanding about those that are different from us and if history has taught us anything it is that a lack of knowledge often leads to disastrous results. It also can lead to the continuous growth of the prejudices we all have with-in us. Those prejudices are stripped away as we begin to understand those who differ from us. However for those who remain isolated those prejudices remain and can be easily stoked by people in power who do so for the goal of advancing their wealth and power. These individuals thrive on chaos and division. They speak non truths and keep the people divided against each other rather than uniting for the betterment of mankind as a whole. They want us to be afraid of each other, they want us to hate each other, they want us to lose our compassion for each other, they want us to build walls to separate us. This strategy allows them to take advantage of us all. As Suzy Kassem wrote
When two brothers are busy fighting, an evil man can easily attack and rob their poor mother.
We must strive as Americans and humans to rise above the evil that seeks to divide us. We must stand together and keep moving forward as a society. We must marginalize those who refuse to embrace diversity. For in unifying one voice into many voices we will be able to change the despair of today into the promise of tomorrow and from that we all will be better.