November 10, 2016, Prescott-
It has been two days, since this time of transition began. People on the Left have vented their frustrations and spoken of their fears. People on the Right have expressed their joy at being “vindicated” and spoken of their annoyance.
It’s time to start listening, hard, to one another.
It’s time to really take stock of how we’ve really been, towards one another.
It’s time to stop blaming one another.
Black Lives Matter did not create the recent round of violence against police.
The Tea Party did not create the outpouring of hate against transgender people.
It’s time for the common people, of all backgrounds, to recognize that we each achieve more, shoulder to shoulder, than we do nose to nose.
It’s time for those of us deemed “little”, by the media, to know wire-pulling and manipulation, when we see it.
It’s time for people of faith to expect elevated behaviour, from our leaders and from one another, rather than to overlook base actions and coarse speech.
Make no mistake: I love my friends in Christianity,in the Baha’i Faith, those devoted to Judaism, Buddhism,Hinduism, Islam, Wicca, because their faith defines them;
I love my friends whose sexual orientation and gender identities differ from mine, because they are honest people, trying to make sense of complexities that few of us in the “straight” world can really understand;
I love my friends who are young, gifted and from hundreds of ethnic backgrounds and dozens of religious traditions, because they will inherit the Earth, and need all the encouragement they can get;
I love my friends who live in small towns and crumbling cities, in the Northeast, Midwest and South, because they do not deserve to be cast-offs;
I love my friends who live on Reservations, in ghettos, in barrios and in ramshackle mountain hollows, because they do not deserve to be stepping-stones for the callous and the greedy;
I love my friends of colour, and of pallour, of youth and of age, because the blood that keeps each of us alive is the same, and too much of that blood has been shed, in the name of falsehood.
It’s time to share our Home, our America, our Earth.