A Worn Path
Fifty years ago, I was a tween enamored with our new president. At age eleven, events in the world have the potential to shape your outlook on life. The words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your county," informed my dedication to social justice and peace work. It also informed my philosophy for life in general.
Ask not what your family can do for you, but what you can do for your family, or your church, or your school or your community. After fifty years following a worn path to equality, peace, and justice, I have come to believe, to know that if we are ever to get to the end of the road, if are ever to enter the Promised Land, then it will be through thinking and doing for others.
Our leaders in Congress need to look at JFK's speech, actively listening to the words and applying them to their lives. The US is being strangled by partisan politics. Our senators and representatives have forgotten that they are in office not to represent their party, but to represent The People. One does not have to be a member of any party to see that the citizens of the United States are struggling to live, let alone flourish.
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If we want to continue to shine a light for the world, then we have to remember that Lady Liberty shines her light for all, not just the wealthy, the highly educated, or the completely healthy. If we want to continue to lead the world in creative solutions, amazing art and profound literature, then we must bring the arts, critical thinking and creative pursuits back into our schools and communities. If we want to have a society that is proud to stand before the world, then we must stop ignoring the disenfranchised, the fringe dwellers, and those without capital to fight the system.
At age eleven, I dreamed of a world where my grandchildren would live in peace with everyone. Fifty plus years later, I continue striving to make that dream a reality; I continue to follow a worn path left by those who have gone before. Won't you join me?