"The atmosphere we breath is heavy with storms." Henrik Ibsen in his brilliant play Rosmersholm..... Once in a while history and those who came before us can be a good lesson to return to. Although contrary to popular belief, history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes. More on Henrik later, it's been 112 years but him and Lincoln new a thing or two about human conflict.
Most of us who lived through the tumultuous 60s probably thought our future would be devoid of such turmoil again. A very unpopular and unwise war and the fight for civil rights was like nothing I had ever experienced. Americans fighting Americans, an exhausting several years of conflict. We became the Hawks and the Doves, the Silent Majority, the "shouts of "hell no we won't go." Dr Kings "I have a dream" speech in which he called for an end to racism, and civil, and economic rights for oppressed blacks in America. A speech that drew 250,000 thousand people to Washington D.C. on August 28 1963. Working as a Chicago police officer I can tell you not one day passed without at least one demonstration, whether it was anti war or civil rights. I had a very good front row seat of a divided country indeed.
I'm not sure if Trumps presidency is the reason, but we once again seem to be a nation divided. We seem to be conflicted by so many things it would be difficult to list them all. The shouting, the badgering, demeaning, accusing, fabricating, and all the hateful rest, seems to be at an all-time high. It reminds me of the 60s on steroids. At times I find myself thinking perhaps we are in danger of destroying our Republic from within..... Remembering the Words of Abraham Lincoln sometimes gives me the chills.... "America will never be destroyed from the outside, if we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Powerful words by a beleaguered President that knew a thing or two about a divided nation. Those words should give us all pause.
We no longer are the silent majority, we no longer are the Hawks and the Doves but we are the Left, we are the Right, we are the Far Left, we are the Far Right, we are liberals, we are Conservatives. Our differences are a multitude of sides, pro gun, anti gun, the abortion issues, religious differences, democrats and republicans, and scores more. We would be naive to deny we are devoid of human meanness, wicked people with agenda's, selfishness, and people and organizations trying to cover up truth to control information. However on the other hand it's good to remember that "loving eyes never see." I think when assessing our representative's who we elect to political office we have to keep in mind they are not leaders but they represent us, and we should remember the words of George Elliott (Mary Ann Evans) when she told the world "The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by the perfect person."
Keep in mind that the mind is like a parachute, it doesn't work unless its open. Respect and decency are a two way street. St.Luke in 11:23 said "Who is not with me is against me." We should strive to change that to not necessarily true....... Henrik Ibsen left the world 112 years ago but he left this for us in our world today....."There must be no more sides. I believe that once free of all these endless, vicious party rivalries, free of slanders, jealousies, backbiting, the good in man will flourish."..... We especially here in America right now desperately need to keep our differences CIVIL.
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