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I’ve written blogs before. I began each without a specific purpose and pretty much wrote whatever jargon lambasted through my mind and just needed to get it out to the world. I felt they mattered. I felt they needed to be heard.

Boy, was I wrong, and boy, were they just unnecessary. I needed to start over.

I actually tried to begin this blog nearly two years ago as a blog to try and put some goodness back out into the world. At the time I felt it was too difficult to show people the goodness of the human race. There were those left behind in a world where the rich were getting richer and the poorer getting poorer. There were those born in poverty who had only the slightest chance of ever rising out of its wicked canyons. I felt I needed to write something.

I felt someone needed to remind people of what a man said on April 4th, 1968,  the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. A scrawny man from Boston who was running for president at the time gave a speech which to this day is considered the reason why an entire city remained calm and at peace while news cameras everywhere around America showed the country burning.

Robert F. Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy, gave an impromptu speech on a pickup truck to those who originally came for a small rally in Indianapolis, Indiana. He informed them of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Many cried out, a few fainted, and anger seethed through the air, and Bobby understood this. He knew we were at a cross-roads at that point in time. Were we to become a further divided country between blacks and whites or would we work together to understand the pain felt by one or both groups and show compassion and empathy towards one another?

His words during that night, even though they only be a few minutes long, changed the hearts of those who heard it, because they heard in his voice – from his very soul – that a world of compassion and empathy was possible. All that remained was which path to choose: one of lawlessness and racism or brotherhood and peace.

That is what this blog is about: taking Robert Kennedy’s words from that small speech which kept a city from burning  from hate and doing exacting what Kennedy quoted from Aeschylus:

And let’s dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. 

We are a loving, compassion, empathetic species. We care for one another. We help those up when we fall. We cannot, and should not, forget that.

I hope you will follow along with me as we try to bring this message back to the forefront of a world dismayed, selfish, and – at times – filled with hate and violence.

– RA

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