I'd had the book for months on my coffee table at work, but I couldn't bear it. I couldn't bring myself to read it. I was tired of loving in spite of, I was weary of the smugness of my government, of its smarmy certainty in the status quo. Still, because I love my country and the world so fiercely, I worked. I gave money, I called, I canvassed. I voted. I believed.
I still believe. I believe and I love and I want to save what I love with my belief that we can join our voices for the common good of not just our own country, but for every one of our brothers and sisters regardless of geography.
I leave you with a song and a quote...two tiny glimpses of all that I feel and want to say; but I cannot say it all today. I cannot adequately express what today means to me and to the country that I have loved so well and so long. I refuse to be fearful anymore. I am defiant with my hopefulness for a better world.
If we are treasures, let us demand to be treasured. And let our awareness of, and tenderness to, the most helpless be our diamonds and gold. Our last five minutes on Earth are running out. We can spend those minutes in meaness, exclusivity, and self-righteous disparagement of those who are different from us, or we can spend them consciously embracing every glowing soul who wanders within our reach. Those who, without caring, would find the vibrant, exhilarating path of Life just another sad and forsaken road.
Perhaps the greatest treasure left to us, maybe the only one, is that we can still choose.--Alice Walker, Anything We Love Can Be Saved