I’ve been on a short hiatus because of some medical issues I’ve been having, but I’m back and it’s time to continue onwards. Because that’s all we can do, right?
Here we are. 49 years and a few hours from the moment Robert Kennedy was mortally wounded at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, with the 50th anniversary of it just a few hours away. With it came the loss of a great man, a message of tolerance and compassion, and a willingness to live a life of good during times of turmoil and distress. What we haven’t lost, though, are the ideals that make this man worth remembering.
We live in a world where we shut ourselves up in our heads and hide there with the belief that by staying there we’ll be safe. Unfortunately, from personal experience, I can tell you that the most dangerous place in the world is the six inches between my ears. We need to be open to others – the good and the bad – and stop thinking that we can think our way out of the problems around us. When you use your own thought process to try and solve your problems you’ll be surprised at how quickly you become exhausted from going in circles, like a dog chasing its tail.
Well, then, what are we to do? We break the habit. Sounds simple, right? Just stop thinking the way you do, they say. Then you’ll get better. Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been thinking the same way for 30 odd years and to tell me to just change my way of thinking isn’t necessarily going to be fully possible. What’s important, though, is to be willing to change. To have an open heart and an open mind can be your greatest ally on the days when you feel everything is crumbling around you.
We live in the most powerful nation in the world, with one of the largest economies ever seen. The stock market is booming and unemployment is at a record low. Yet, we still have those who suffer needlessly in this country, and because of their social status, their voices are the quietest, thus making them mute to the rest of the country. They are drowned out by the wealthy and powerful elite who run this country for their own benefit rather than for the benefit of all. What makes it worse is that these people play upon the fears of those less fortunate than them, blaming their misfortunes on other individuals who are already suffering, as well.
We need to identify the true problem in our country before it’s too late.
We need to protect and stand up for those who suffer because they are the backbone of our country and we are all just one step away from being in their shoes.