We are fools if we do not learn from history and our personal mistakes as well as our mistakes as a society. I implore anyone to recall a time when segregation or determining how we treat people based on bias has worked out well.
Of course, I’m simplifying a very complex issue, however, most people I know, most Americans, would welcome someone who needed a meal into their own home to have one; I would certainly. Most people I know are kind and reasonable and have enough education and knowledge to know that a person who is X and a person who is Y are not very different. We all have capacity to love and understand each other, or to at least try. Could this all just be as simple as putting love first and foremost? Maybe this complex issue should be simplified.
As typically developed human beings, we all have the tools to exhibit compassion and to think and reason. We can put ourselves into someone else’s shoes and realize that some people have not always had three squares a day, parents who love them, clean water, or the basic safe feeling of walking outside their homes (some don’t have homes!) and not being in fear at all.
Imagine being afraid because of your geographical location; imagine being at the home where you were born (we all have a mother, by the way, another common bond) and being scared. Imagine, also, being afraid to be yourself for fear of being persecuted. This is a different topic altogether, but my aim in writing this is to urge zero tolerance for hate of any sort. Love does trump hate; I do believe that to my core.
I am not a political person. I am a people person. I do love people. I share a lot of Kurt Vonnegut’s philosophies on humanity.
I’m hoping if you read this, you can practice kindness to everyone and remember we are all human beings. We are all the same animal despite how our skin came out, despite how our sexuality developed, despite gender, and despite what we have come to know as our chosen faith.
If you’re reading this, and are a typical American like me with food, a home, and a job, you’ve lucked out, haven’t you? There’s more likely than not, opportunity for education, parents who loved you and didn’t fuck you up, and such simple luxuries as clean water and not residing in a war zone. I am asking that if you personally see someone who is being discriminated against or harassed or persecuted, please, please stick up for these people and help them.
We cannot control the powers that be and a lot of us are saddened, disappointed, and genuinely frightened about recent changes in the U.S. We can control how we treat others. We can show others compassion and tolerance. We can let the bullies of the world, who often justify their bigotry and forcefulness with their own religious beliefs, know that we aren’t going to tolerate any group of people being singled out and treated unfairly.
Many people need desperately to receive this message: “I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people don’t care about them. You are not alone.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake, 1997