Too Often We Excuse Those Who Are Willing to Build Their Own Lives on the shattered dreams of Others

No one deserves to suffer. From birth to death, every moment you live should be free of that awful burden of suffering. Whether it be that child in poverty going to sleep hungry because their family can’t afford dinner, the family ripped apart because of living in a war-torn country, or someone with a disease or disability they never asked for.

Those who suffer are the ones who grow up to feel more.kennedy_discusses_school_with_young_ricky_taggart They maintain that sentiment of what it means and feels like to suffer; and it’s those who you usually see working their hardest at nonprofits, NGO’s, within city, state, or the federal government who have suffered the most throughout their lives. They believe in the simple principle that no one in need should go without it and that at any moment they could find themselves in that same place of need.

Unfortunately, we live in highly complicated times where suffering does occur. Utopias only exist in fairy tales. Instead, we’re left with those who care less for others than they do themselves. They look to either line their pockets with more money than they know what to do with, or they’re seeking more power for themselves.

To those I say: look around at those you ignore. Look at the backs you are breaking to give yourself a lift up above them. Those you stand upon to gain whatever it is you want will always be stronger than you will ever be. They, the ones who go to bed at night unsure of what the next day will bring them, in every literal sense of the word, are the bravest souls you will find.

They will not be forgotten or disappear. Instead, they are the face for what you fear the most: progress, because when those suffering see others suffering they will band together and stand on your back to make themselves known. You cannot erase their suffering or the troubles they faced throughout their lives, but you will awake a sleeping giant unlike any you’ve ever known.

Robert Kenkennedynedy knew this before any of us, especially when he spoke in South Africa in the midst of apartheid. He knew what those who suffered could accomplish if they banded together, regardless of your skin color, ethnicity, age, gender, or whatever it was that caused the suffering. They would carry each other, even when broken and battered, to that mountaintop Martin Luther King, Jr. said he’d seen right before his assassination.

Instead of a mountaintop, though, Bobby saw those little ripples of hope we each could be in enacting change anywhere in the world. In each of us, in all of us who suffer, there is a little ripple of hope we can become even in the darkest of times, and when we merge together we can become the largest of waves powerful enough to wash away any injustice or hatred.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

All it requires us to do is work together instead of live divided, as we do today. Families in this country are torn apart simply because of their political views when we should be cherishing the fact that we can each have our own views because in many countries around the world that right can get you arrested, exiled, or killed.

Bobby understood that we are all one human race, regardless of what you look like or what your social status is.

And as one human race, we suffer together.

So as one human race we should work together to ease the suffering in our world instead of picking fights with each other based on superfluous things.

We must love one another or we will perish.

So, once again, to those suffering: the child going to sleep hungry in what is considered the “shining city on a hill,” the Syrian refugee fleeing the only place they’ve ever known for their lives because their entire village was destroyed by fire from the sky, the black man or woman who is afraid to speak up for their rights to police officers because they’re afraid of the response being the barrel of a gun, and every single person who suffers in ways I may never understand or know of: I love you and I will fight the rest of my life for a world where we can sing a requiem for the suffering you’ve faced head on and succeeded in conquering.

– RA

Thank You, President Obama

You showed class and dignity at a time when Washington was at its most divisive and pettiest. You understood the importance of being proactive rather than being reactive.

You never responded to any of the awful things thrown at you because they simply weren’t worth your time. When they went low, you went high.

You believed in “We the People” as one nation instead of a nation of sections, states, or party members, and always reached out to learn others’ frustrations and how to reach a common ground.

When tragedy struck, you were there to console us like a father weeping for the loss of his son, because we were all your children and we knew you looked out for us. Whether it be Newtown, Aurora, Fort Hood, Orlando, or San Bernadino, you embraced each of us with the comfort and reminder of love that each of us needed.

When you knew something was wrong, you fought against it with hope, perseverance, and compassion. Sometimes you succeeded in change, and sometimes you did not, and that’s okay, because we know we have so much more work to do. 

No, you were not a perfect president, but there will never be a perfect president. Instead, though, you reminded prior generations, and let an entirely new generation know, that there can be someone in the Oval Office who knows what they’re doing, will treat you as their equal, and never forget to remind you that the limits of human possibility are boundless.

We took your intelligence for granted and we will miss having someone who not only identified with disenfranchised Americans when related to your upbringing, but fought for compassion and empathy in this nation. There is an entire generation of Americans who have never seen America with a president who is white, and the power behind that is immeasurable.

Where many of us today see a red or a blue America, you, sir, see one United States of America, and we’ll get to that point with you one day. And when we do get there, I think we’ll finally understand and realize that we couldn’t have gotten there without you, President Barack Obama.

Thank you.

– RA

Wishing You All a Happy New Year

First off, I just want to thank each and every one of you who read this blog, share its posts and believe in the same ideals of compassion and empathy that Robert Kennedykennedy stood for his entire life. I’ll be back at the beginning of the new year with new posts. I’ve just been organizing my thoughts and understanding the long road ahead of us.

We have a lot of work to do in the upcoming year, beginning with getting Robert Kennedy’s message out to the public, sharing this blog, and practicing compassion and empathy in a country where it’s beginning to seem that selfishness is the new normal.

We cannot allow this to happen, and I know you all agree. So get some rest, enjoy the rest of your holiday season because come January 1st, we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

And I’m looking forward to all of you joining me, because the only way to go is up, and together we can make a difference.

– RA

Trumped

These past few weeks in America have been pretty tumultuous. From the presidential election itself to the smaller Senate and congressional elections held throughout the country, the whole country feels – in a way – completely turned upside down. Now, for those of you who probably couldn’t guess from my previous posts, I did not support Donald Trump for president. His election, though, means that we must once again brace ourselves for the coming transition from one political party holding power to another. 

And usually, that’s not a bad thing. Political parties have exchanged control of the presidency and Congress since the beginning of our republic. The problem is when you have someone so asininely unknowledgeable, unintelligent, and negligent coming into power and surrounding himself with people just as inexperienced as he is in governmental affairs, and some being just downright terrifying to anyone who isn’t white.

Don’t believe me? Let’s quickly analyze some of the top appointments Trump has made for his cabinet.

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One-Fifth of the People Are Against Everything All the Time.

Whatever happened to working together? Remember while you were in school and your teachers forced you to work together in groups with other classmates? What did they say to you when you grumbled about how you hated working in groups?

“This’ll come in handy when you’re an adult and have a job.”

Why? Because in life you’ll always come across people you don’t want to work with, but guess what? As an adult, you have to make the mature decision to work with them to attain whatever goal you’re working towards.

Obviously, we’ll never agree with every single person we come in contact with, but we can at least meet common ground to ensure what we are doing gets done in an effective and productive manner. As Robert Kennedy said: “About one-fifth of the people are against everything all of the time.” That doesn’t mean we can’t work together with at the last other four-fifths who aren’t against everything all of the time.

Apparently, this no longer applies to our Legislative Branch of government.

Well, not unless your specific House of Congress is completely controlled by the same political party so you no longer have to worry about working together.

We live in a new age of selfish, petty, and downright childish politics  and I am absolutely sick of  the most professional and important bodies of government in the world acting like self-righteous babies.

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The Whole World is Watching

To all those who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great holiday!

I’ve been computerless for most of the weekend so my apologies for not posting more recently.

I want to draw your attention to something extremely important that’s happening in our country, which is frightening much of the world and leaving many of our residents feeling powerless to bring about change and inject this world with a much-needed dosage of compassion.

And I’m here to try and show you how to take that feeling of powerlessness and harness it into real change.

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