Tragic events bring us back full circle to where we began looking full-face into the mirror. What is it all about? We stop and take stock at where we are now, and where we may go in the future. Blame is placed where blame is due, but all of us bare a collective responsibility for the other in this republic of ours. To be sure it is tough to observe and respond to the various needs of the other. Words can be swords and civil discourse without the animus (spiteful and prejudiced words) is the goal. It is unfortunate that Sarah Palin used the charged term “blood libel” in her otherwise poignant remarks this morning. I am presuming good-will on her part. I am sure she wouldn’t have used that phrase if she had studied history. Be that as it may (and there is really no surprise here) perhaps she should have reached for the encyclopedia before responding to her critics using this term. We shrug and say, “That’s just Palin.” or “What’s the big deal?” Words have meaning and weight.. Disagreeing with St Ronald of Reagan, I believe we do have a collective responsibility for each other. When someone dies, we are affected. When someone is foreclosed on, we are affected. When one side wins, we are affected. When some one is executed, we are affected. When we see our nation’s poor, we are affected. When we see a crazy person kill, we are affected. It is the unique nature of this Republic. It is in our DNA. We do not live in a vacuum and as such where we see wrong we try and right it. In other words, when we see a good country, we try and make it better for all.
Perhaps this Apache blessing could apply to our Union as well:
“Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth to the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling, to enter into the days of your life together,
and may your days be good and long upon the earth.”
and so it goes…