November 20, 2016, Prescott- So much water has gone over the dam, these past few weeks. I am glad things are slowing down, for the upcoming 3-5 day holiday. I say this, as I have no intention of partaking in either Black Friday or Thanksgiving Day shopping. I used to gag at the thought of the latter, until a friend on the East Coast said it was her family’s way of relaxing. Still and all, to each their own.
I am getting close to the end of being 65. More about that, over the weekend. Another digression, in the way of summarizing: I finished reading “Moral Tribes” and re-reading “To Kill A Mockingbird”, about two weeks ago. Now, my literary focus is on “The Brothers Karamazov”, my first foray into the world of Dostoevsky, and a re-reading of “The Celestine Prophecies”, as well as my Baha’i studies.
It’s raining here, for a day or two. I hear Massachusetts is getting snow. We are bound to have strange swings in weather patterns, over the next 10-30 years, whether people believe in climate change or not. If the President-elect is indeed in denial about such things, he’s lucky to have his private residence in a penthouse. Change tends to happen, whether one expects it or not.
Back to business: My focus right now is on dignity- a God-given right of every sentient being, especially of every human being. Year ago, that mold was set for me, one evening in VietNam. A hard-nosed, traditionalist Army sergeant happened by where I was sitting, one calm evening. I was an unabashed progressive, back then, so our conversation (which was completely civil) focused on how each of us saw things differently- AND neither of us was hurting the other, by our view of things. We got along very well after that.
I have drifted away from politics, since then, though fairness and acceptance of different points of view, instilled into me by my father, remain the driving forces in my dealings with others. I can’t imagine my life, if one person, or group of human beings, doesn’t matter, equally as much as the next. Everyone I encounter needs to be treated with respect.
Throughout my life, I have spent time with different people, or visited different communities, rather than staying put in a small group. This will continue, working around the constraints of a full-time job, over the next five years. While I also like having a home base, reaching out to others is nonetheless still my wheelhouse, as those in business like to say, these days.
The circle has been wider, for some time now. The objective now is to make it deeper.