It’s brightly sunny today, uninterrupted blue in the sky, cool, though, for June. The baby birds who were nothing more than specks in the sky are growing larger, playing their way through the air, and the Supreme Court released a landmark decision protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ employees.
People cry out for justice, and for once, it seems, justice may be listening.
I’m feeling chilly, the hazard of high temps about a week ago, but not unpleasantly so, and the sound of traffic has resumed somewhat, even though we’re far from the finish line.
I have a list today, full of tasks I’m not very excited about doing, but they need doing, nonetheless. That is, after all, the true spirit of Monday.
So I’m going to get to crossing things off, at least in my head, and you have a good Monday, and remember that we can affect others’ lives, for the good and the bad.
After three years of being told we have to try to understand people with abhorrent views, while excuses abound for those abhorrent views, let’s try listening in a different direction.
Hard as it may be, let’s put ourselves aside and hear things that feel uncomfortable. Let’s see the new and the old, especially the old, through different eyes. Let defensiveness go, let the discomfort settle in, and let’s challenge ourselves a little.
There’s never been a better time for it.
We are all part of this human puzzle, and it’s time we let some of the other pieces do the talking. Yes puzzle pieces talk, it’s a perfectly fine metaphor.
Clearly you haven’t done enough puzzles.
So that is it for this Wednesday. Have a good one, and try to share it.
And not the sitcom. No, this different world is demanding a change in our very institutions. It’s more than time, it’s been more than time many many lost lives ago.
So let’s make sure it gets done.
I’m not energized today, not exactly, but I am just the slightest bit hopeful. We’re also opening on a wider scale now in Chicago, we’ll see how that goes, that specter still hovering just beyond in the background.
It has me concerned about normal activities and wondering whether I should visit my parents, it’s so hard to know. The world is acting like the pandemic is gone, but it’s not gone.
Anyway, I’ve got a lot of Monday to Monday. May yours be filled with new horizons.
Short one today, because the message is short: empathy matters. You may never experience what others experience, but listen. Care about it.
We’re all people thrown together on this big rock in space, and somehow we let our differences matter more than the reality that we’re all the same, underneath, we’re all just people and we all deserve respect. We all deserve equality.
We all deserve not to be killed arbitrarily by police.
This is NOT “all lives matter.” That is a phrase meant to deflect, to change the subject, to erase. This is a reminder that someone who looks different than you, who lives in another part of the country, who may have a different religion or no religion at all is still a person and still deserves life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
We seem to be trudging toward a very dismal future, unless something intervenes and as of yet nothing seems inclined. But let’s be clear: where we are falls solely, solely on the shoulders of Republicans.
One thing that genuinely irks me is when people blame Democrats for the Republicans’ actions, and then say there’s no use in blaming the Republicans because they won’t do anything. And that’s exactly the point of it.
Blame them. Hold them accountable. Make their compliance with a regime that wants to deploy the military against US citizens the worst decision they ever made. Push back.
Don’t complain that Democrats didn’t say the thing you wanted them to say in the words you wanted them to say it. Take the fight to the people who are actually causing us harm.
Only the Republicans can stop Trump at this point. Only the Republicans, because they hold the Senate. Only the Republicans can say this has to end, that using federal police to tear gas a peaceful crowd exercising its First Amendment rights is too far.
I’m sure that they won’t, but hold them accountable. Name their names., including the ones advocating active killing of dissenting Americans. And come November, make sure they lose for their lack of loyalty to their nation and their constituents.