“None of us are free until all of us are free.”
-Emma Lazarus (1800’s) (variation)
-Fannie Lou Hamer and Martin Luther King Jr. (1960’s)
-Janelle Monae (2017)
-Kamala Harris (2020)
This would be the preferred motto of democracy.
That all people are free, not held in chains, not held back by law or public opinion.
Acceptance and love of all.
No judgments, no grudges, no feuds, no wars.
Acceptance and love.
Viewing humanity in color, but treating everyone as the same shade of gray.
Facing differences of religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity and ability without judgment.
Embracing the bones and flesh of humanity rather than pointing at differences.
Emma, Fannie, Martin, Janelle and Kamala have wanted what many of us want – a truly free and equal society.
Can we find freedom in loving, caring, respecting and accepting others without hesitation?
“You not only must love, you must not do what another hates. You must not do what another hates and you must know your freedom is bound up in your neighbor’s—no matter how comfortable you are.” (from Jewish ethical tradition of mussar)
Is this possible for us?
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