If you read through my blogs, it might become evident that I have a passion for building community. Strong towns and neighborhoods are crucial for our well being, especially now, when prejudice, threat of deportation and the possibility of having vital services cut loom so darkly. That has inspired the following:
Coming together as citizens;
Overcoming differences and fear;
Making friends out of strangers
Moves us to be more clear:
Unity builds strength and safety;
No one can bully us then.
It truly is impossible
To turn against the one
You have come to know and love as a friend.
A nation is constantly being built, regardless of how long it has existed. That is a different thought for most of us, who want to point to the founders and say that they did the whole job. Unfortunately, that is like saying that a house is complete as soon as the foundation is laid.
Such a perspective is important: If we are building, what kind of quality control do we want to have? What is each person doing to see that the nation is built with excellence?
When you think of the strengths and qualities you want your nation to have?
Would you accept a list like:
Would you prefer a list like:
It would be tempting to lay the responsibility for the outcome on politicians, the media, corporations and government,
You guessed it: The real choice is in the hands of each voting citizen.
I almost never make political comments; in fact, I stay as far away from political campaigns as I possibly can. When it comes to someone promoting bigotry, hatred, scape goating and violence, however, I am willing to make an exception.