It's regarded as naive' to want everyone to 'just get along' and 'make nice'... but nevertheless, that's all I really want from the world. Every day as a human rights advocate I see words spoken by people consumed by anger and hatred towards other people, and it saddens me. Yes, I've spoken out in anger before too, and I will again today and tomorrow... but that's a reaction to the hatred and anger of others - and the acts of cruelty committed out of their hatred and anger. At least I am above committing such acts of hatred and cruelty, unlike those I usually take on as an activist.
...but why can't we just try to get along? Why do those who do harm to others so vehemently defend and look for excuses to justify their hatred and their actions of harm? Does hurting others make them more right? Does destroying lives prove their point? Does doing bad things in the name of 'goodness' or 'righteousness' mean they are 'good' people?
Let's make a pact to start fresh. Try to look at the world around us anew - at OURSELVES and at each other anew. Not as Christians or ChristianISTS, Muslims or Islamicists, as 'straights' or 'homosexuals', or as different shades of skin color, not as our religions or cultures or ideologies or races - but as PEOPLE.
I'm not in government, you aren't in government - only the politicians pursuing wealth and power are in government. They seem to decide our causes and our issues for us... instead of us doing that for them.
We should stop lending our ears to these puppeteers, and stop giving them what they want. It's time they started listening to the people and giving us what we want.
Peace. Harmony. True equality. Rule of law, safety and security - honoring the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, transparency, accountability. A healthy, growing, stable economy; a living wage, social security, an open equal opportunity society.
Make it so.