Through the course of my life, I’ve seen walls of prejudice, bigotry, and hatred crumble and fall. It wasn’t a fast process, but gradually ideas and opinions changed, there was greater understanding and tolerance. Neither was it a painless process, and many people suffered many indignities to bring about those changes, but they believed the effort was worth it.
The past few years, more and more, I’m seeing a regression to earlier intolerance and violence. And, tragically, those whose responsibility it is to provide leadership in resisting such negative change are not only failing to step up, but often actively seem to incite it.
I don’t know what will come during the rest of my days on earth. I hope reason returns, and quickly. Until then, Thank You to those of you who refuse to fall prey to the insanity.
Thank You to those who look at the people around you and lend a helping hand when it is needed.
Thank You to those who commandeer pickup trucks to shuttle wounded to hospitals.
Thank You to those who give of their own time and money to send aid to an island in desperate straits, whose own government not only has failed them, but mocked them while doing so.
Thank You to those who waded in to help after the devastation of Texas, Florida and the numerous Caribbean islands that were unable to withstand nature’s assaults.
Thank You to those who hold doors for people, smile at the overworked person assisting you in a place of business, or offer encouragement and aid to a parent struggling with a child in meltdown.
Thank You for seeing pain and trying to relieve it as best you can. Thank You for refusing to join the mindless masses who turn a blind eye or think ‘warm thoughts’ replaces a helping hand.
We are the family of mankind. All families have squabbles, but this family needs to remember that despite the problems, we are all in this together. We all need someone and we all have something worthwhile to give.