Less despairing than last week, though I can’t tell you why, aside from the heartening images of people all over the country (and the world!) standing up for families. If you missed it and want to see some, check this out. Maybe things haven’t yet changed but they feel as though they could, and that’s the difference between darkness and light.
Which brings me to this tweet (!) from the Dalai Lama:
There is so much truth in that paragraph and so much work to do to get there. But it’s a place to start, a direction in which to head. We all deserve peace of mind, every one of us, and ours shouldn’t be predicated on the misery of someone else.
Maybe that’s too much for a Monday.
Or maybe it’s just right for a Monday. Maybe we can look to this week with the intention of kindness, with the intention of education, of being educated.
Please don’t confuse this idea with the hollow calls for “civility” from people who are anything but civil in their words, their ideas, their deeds. Such calls are nothing more than demands for submission and for acquiescence. There’s no desire for real “civility;” only the desire to make oppression easier.
So let’s not do that.
Let us be kind to the anxious, let us be kind to the people living, quite rightly in fear. Let us educate those who would perpetuate it.
And we’re off.
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