That seems like a simple question; yet it has a very complicated answer. The Truth is that to change most people feel like they are losing something rather than gaining and thereby they are resistant to change. In reality, change is one of the very few constants in the First Life.
Most people change quite a bit from the time they are born until they land their first job. Then comes the second job. Then comes that special person into your life and thus, more change. Kids? A home? A major move from a place you have lived all your life to this point? All change.
But when fundamentals have to change it can become very scary. This isn’t some political hit piece. This is an article where I am up late at night trying to wrap my head around events like Newtown, Trayvon’s murder, Michael Brown’s murder Eric Garner’s murder and the massacre of nine innocent people in Charleston, South Carolina. I am failing miserably at this task.
Jon Stewart’s comments made it worse because well he’s right. Had Dylann Storm Roof been Malik Abdul Salaam al Tikriti and he went into a white Methodist church there wouldn’t be any conversations about insanity pleas. Al Tikriti would have likely been shot dead on the streets of Shelby, NC– and rightly so. But Roof is alive and in jail awaiting a trial and while at another time I might have written that this would be his last taste of white privilege for the rest of his natural life those words ring hollow in my ears even as I read them on this screen.
I mentioned the fundamentals earlier and by that I meant the basic core values that all people have when they interact in a society governed by laws. In current times those values seem to have changed with society. Things that were not allowed are now being allowed and even codified into new laws. This disturbs a segment of American society to the point that they feel their country is being taken away from them. To those people I would say that it never was your country in the first place. That statement is what it means to be free and blaze a trail for yourself and those you love in America. This should never have been a game set up with rigged rules where a gender, or a race or a religion or a political way of thinking or even an economic system would hold universal sway over those that did not conform.
And in the end that is what you are up against in a nation swimming in gums and ammunition, with bountiful food and water, 24 hour electricity providing power to high tech devices that connect you to the world and and endless miles of paved roads to travel. All of those things are mixed together and heated into a roux that is slathered over that racial wound that Jon Stewart talked about. How do you change the Souls of people.
One act of kindness at a time.
One act of respect at a time.
One act of compromise at a time.
One act of love at a time.
One act of empathy at a time.
One act of inclusion at a time.
One act of generosity at a time.
One act of altruism at a time.
One act of forgiveness at a time.
Qu’ul cuda pradex nihil!
Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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