History will ask us what we said and did in these times. I assure you of that. They will demand to know what part we played.
Your children and your children’s children, they will ask you, if we each make it that far. They will ask what you were thinking. And what you did. They will ask us you what side you were on.
And so many will have to answer, “I was eating my McDonalds, even though it was ruled unfit for human consumption. Because it’s fast and it’s cheap and I have important things to do. Plus, I never missed a professional football game and that took up a lot of my time…”
Others will say that they could not speak, because the simple words of, “You are using that word wrong,” and posting proof of it is enough to get them banished from their family.
The state of unrest in our America ripples through every single citizen, like it or not.
So many others will claim that they merely wanted to Make Facebook Fun Again, so they were so busy blocking and deleting and de-friending that they skewed the way the whole world looked around them, until they created a space where they only saw what they already knew and believed in.
And yet, ironically, our ancestors will not have to wonder what side we were on. They will not have to ponder what our lives were like. We have laid them out in detail all by ourselves, from corner to corner across the World Wide Web, like road maps to our destruction or our salvation. That part is still up for grabs.
Either way, we are writing own stories as we go along. Choosing what parts get the sunshine and which parts are kept hidden. Choosing “sides” or remaining “neutral.” Ignoring the whole damn mess or getting our hands dirty and helping to clean up the mess.
It could be easy to stick labels on everything, like name tags, and pretend it’s so simple.
But these dividing lines are not about Republican or Democrat.
They are not whether you are Muslim or Christian or Buddhist or atheist.
They are not about whether you are black or white or one of the multitudes of varieties of ethnic origins within the human race.
The dividing lines have nothing to do with where we all fit on the LGBT spectrum.
These dividing lines are about good versus evil.
They are about the top of the 1% who currently holds all the wealth and all the power, and the rest of us.
They are about right versus wrong.
These dividing lines are as old and as simple as our human existence.
Some among us are attempting to make things seem complicated. And to divide us, because they know (better than we do) that our strength lies in our numbers.
But this is not complicated. We can look at what makes us different or we can look for what makes us the similar. It is as simple as that.
These are the morals and truths that we were taught by our mothers and fathers. By our kindergarten teachers in classrooms all across this county. By our favorite aunties and our grandfathers and our cool older cousins.
Hands to yourself.
No name calling.
Use your words.
We are always learning.
And most important, we love one another.
It is the words written in Red and the premise of the holy book of every major world religion.
Love one another.
But not everybody is ready. One must set down the division to see the similarities. And love lies within the similarities. It cannot thrive or even exist among division. But that is something we can only see for ourselves.
I want to be clear that this is not about what label you put on yourself or what box you check inside your own voting booth.
This is about our America. And the fact that our democracy is being purposefully and systematically dismantled piece by piece. This is about real and actual danger.
And if you do not know this or believe this, then you are simply not paying enough attention. Or not listening to the whole story.
So I’m not going to stop talking about the important stuff that is going on around us. No matter who storms out of my life.
I’m not going to be quiet because it bothers some of you. Because that would be irresponsible.
And I assure you, unless you are a member of the true 1%, this will affect you and your family for generations.
Did you ever wonder where you would stand if a battle rose between good and evil? Now is your chance to find out.