I awoke thinking of all the (mostly contemporary) times/events from which peoples and nations have come back — and of the threats against the world’s inhabitants that never materialized (at least, not unto total decimation)… so far — though Africa needs help. As does our entire ecology.
It’s a good thing the anthrax (Ricin, Sarin) scare petered out. Our “dedicated safe room” would’ve likely poisoned/killed us by radon instead. Plus, I never put up the plastic that would seal us away from OR into our doom. Also, there was little money for storing up canned goods and bottled water. And Skybars.. Okay, everyone in the whole world who thinks they hate my fam, just behave yourselves, and we will, too, okay? Excellent!
In all other seriousness, though, I thought about the Civil War –who couldn’t? Really, leave the statues and mottos and the (non-serpentine) flag in place; it is OUR American history — there is no denying it, and we have to respect each other, as Lincoln so desperately wanted and thought possible.
We made it intrepidly, safely away from the King. Let us unite every time something tyrannical divides us. Let it not become Civil War ever again. Love can fly both flags, because love lost on both fronts, and there’s only one way to heal us from hatreds. Unity. That’s the only way to heal KKK-think… and Abu Ghraib-think, too. Dear, dear God!
I thought about the World Wars since then (and before), about the abomination that was the Holocaust, about the abomination that was Fat Man and Little Boy, about the abomination that was internment. About the abomination that was (and for now, still is) abortion. I thought about the abomination that was (and still is, even here) slavery. Blacks have been freed, but only from ownership. Native Americans are still held.
I thought about plagues and influenzas and polio. Hansen’s disease, AIDS, and SARS. I think about starvation and pernicious hunger, miseries from dirty/lack of water, armed children. I think about imprisoned children who are not classified as people — whether actual youngsters, or folks like those in Gitmo. Somebody, receive them ALL, please. These are people. We KNOW this. Let me assure you as do many others: the military in ANY nation falls short of glory, just like ALL mankind. Very short, sometimes. We set out to raise up peoples, our own, first — we can’t raise up anyone if we won’t rise. Abolish ALL the Gitmos. No more reservations. No more ICE, too. We are savages. We don’t have to be, we are not locked into anything — we just need to THINK — but more importantly, the Alpha and Omega is watching. What on earth made us forget that the least of these are HIS people??
Ethnocide, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes … the nations remain.
JFK, MLK Jr., Bobby, Johnson/Vietnam, the deliberate killing of Terri Schiavo, JP II’s long standoff with hell and air-suckingly-black mind-breaking goodbye … we made it through the horror.
The Year 2000 scare, 9/11, the Mideast… Oh, we are buried up to our necks in the Mideast for the foreseeable, and with this Administration, perhaps in many other nations as well. We can help decide that, only with individual and collective courage. Impeach any and every hate-monger (/who buys his way into public office)and then do away with the two-party system. It’s become a one-party system, fatality-wise. One wars on other nations’ PEOPLE for profit; one wars domestically on wo\men and children and family itself! Let’s give that third idea a little room to expand.
Who ever thought we would recover from 9/11? We’re okay. Do we see that? It’s time for us to help de-9/11 potential others (especially if we’re their bombers). All we have to do is agree on that. (And limit our wild appetites — something only we can do. “Live simply, that others may simply live.” It could not be said more simply!)
And change immigration laws to make “legal” status a little more affordable and quicker. Most of us jump to conclusions about that — I suggest we all look into it. The last I knew (years ago), it takes many years and thousands of dollars and a lawyer.
Refugees? Listen, you, too, can tread on me and mine a bit — most all of us started out rough, too. We got lucky. We work hard and suffer, but we also got lucky. There’s enough of that to share, and sharing life and means is the only proper thanks-giving. Meanwhile, we have to at least act decently toward all. That’s the bottom line. We have fooled ourselves long enough with our alleged protections from whatever. Our souls are taking a direct hit — and others die from it.