am speechless. I simply can not believe that in 2017, after all the wars, and disagreements almost leading to war, the human race has not learned from its past.
In 1964 Simon & Garfunkel released He Was My Brother. It was smack dab in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement and they had something to say about it. And they said it in a harmonious way. The words still, much to my dismay, still ring true. It may not only be brothers. It may not be in Mississippi. It may not be outside of a church, although it still does have to do with religion. But it is still happening, and we still need Freedom Riders. They may not be in buses, they may not be young men, but they are needed now more than ever. Please don't get me wrong, however, when I say now more than ever I DO NOT mean to imply they were not necessary during the Civil Rights Movement. Far from it. They were needed then more than ever as well. I simply mean that we, not only as Americans, but as members of the human race, need to act. It may not mean traveling and confronting the Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and all the other fanatics. It may mean writing a blog post. It may mean writing an op-ed piece. It may mean calling your congressman/woman. It may mean simply having a conversation with your peers or your children about acceptance and love and respect and freedom. It may mean many things to many people.
It saddens my heart that lyrics written in 1964 are still spot on today, in 2017. Where is respect? Where is love? Where is common decency? I will be 100% transparent here. When I became religious, and by that I mean right wing, Orthodox Judaism, I was not so accepting of the "others." It said in the Bible that homosexuality was not okay and so in my mind it was not okay and those who were homosexual were not okay. I was full of judgement, always thinking that I was right and others were wrong, because I had religion on my side. Well, as my fanatical side started evening out, and my religious pendulum swung back towards center, I realized that I had left out love and respect in my religious days. That does NOT mean that all right wing religious Jews are not full of love and respect. It simply means that I was not. But as I evened out, and came back to center, I realized that love of my fellow man/woman was SO MUCH more important that always being religiously correct. I realized that loving others not only made me a more decent person, but it honestly made me a more happy person. Love is full of light and happiness and freedom. Judgement is dark, and heavy, and confining. Respect brings gentleness. Prejudice brings harshness.
I guess the point of this blog, and maybe I should have made it at the start and made it a one sentence post, is that you don't need to love everyone else around you, you simply need to respect their choices, and in return they will respect your's. It is possible to live side by side with someone who believes in a different G-d than you do. It is possible to live side by side with someone who has a different skin color than you do. It is possible to live side by side with almost anyone AS LONG as you have respect for them. The bottom line is that it makes absolutely NO DIFFERENCE to me who someone loves, be it the same sex or the opposite sex. What matters is their hearts. Do they love? Do they honor? Do they respect? It makes NO DIFFERENCE to me what G-d someone worships. What DOES matter is whether or not they respect my choice to worship a different G-d.
Yesterday afternoon I saw a rainbow. I haven't seen a rainbow in real life in ages. It filled me with such a sense of promise, of possibility, of success. I hope this rainbow will bring you the same positivity. I hope this blog will allow you to think about respect and love and honor (although something tells me that those of you reading this do already think of those things on the daily).
Let us not listen to the voices of the two-hearted, the destroyers of mind, the haters and self-made leaders, whose lusts for power and wealth will lead us into confusion and darkness.
Seek visions always of world beauty, not violence nor battlefields.
It is our duty to pray always for harmony between man and earth, so that the earth will bloom once more. Let us show our emblem of love and goodwill for all life and land.
Pray for the House of Glass, for within it are minds clear and pure as ice and mountain streams. Pray for the great leaders of nations in the House of Mica who in their own quiet ways help the earth in balance.
We pray the Great Spirit that one day our Mother Earth will be purified into a healthy peaceful one. Let us sing for strength of wisdom with all nations for the good of all people. Our hope is not yet lost, purification must be to restore the health of our Mother Earth for lasting peace and happiness.
Techqua Ikachi - for Land and Life!"
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Just your average 40 something trying to find the way in which she can make sense of her life. I hope you'll join me for this journey.