For some, their choices are based on the fear of continued lack and the wild chance of gaining what they feel they're owed by the world. For some, their choices are based on the fear of losing basic values they have always regarded as the glue that holds our society together. For some, their choices revolve around the fear that extreme solutions will lead to extreme consequences for everyone. For others, the focus on the concept of what's in it for me in lieu of a concern for the country as a whole has sparked fear in their guts. Many fear the demise of the America for which they have always felt a strong sense of pride is being muddied by the recent negative, vitriolic histrionics being treated as acceptable behavior. Some fear that accepting that others may worship as they choose somehow diminishes their own faith.
No matter your political preference in recent times, we are all guilty of contributing to this melodrama, either through outward behavior or emotional attitude. At this point in time, ...
Our contribution to America's future is to:
- heal the fear that someone else can take our good
- heal our fear of those who are different
- look for peace in our world
- trust that love is greater than hate
- know that hate can never bring happiness
- treat others as we want to be treated
- recognize that skin color is only on the outside
- that we do not have the right to control others' choices to suit our own
- understand that religious freedom means everyone gets to make their own choice about their faith.
So, let us be vigilant about the leadership of our country, but let us always remember that no matter who we are, what economic status we have, what education we have, we have a responsibility to every other person in this country to take the high road, to strive for excellence for everyone, not just ourselves.