What a week for Progressives. The Supreme Court made their decision on the side of justice, equality and kindness. The world seems like a better place.
Also in the news: Islamic Jihadists conducted attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait and nine peaceful souls were lain to rest near a church in South Carolina.
We couldn't even have a minute to celebrate, unburdened by the reality of hate.
Why is the good and bad always a trade off?
Even in my favorite TV show, Orange is the New Black, the characters rapidly rise and fall between their best and worst selves; between that which is out of their control and that which they cannot abate within. It was as if the entire series was a study on the road to hell being paved with good intentions- and if you haven't seen it, do so right after you read this- what have you been waiting for?!
The yin and yang of life makes me wonder just how much is the law of the universe- the rough with the smooth- the balance of nature. And how much is us, struggling with change, clinging to what we know with a vice-like grip.
Change makes people scared. People can be scary. People live in piles of garbage, or hurt their own children, just to avoid change and stunt their own growth.
I've written before about the need to be right, and that arrogance certainly smacks of religious zealots of every denomination. But the sad and pathological acts of individuals, the hate rhetoric spewed by Republicans and Gun Rights advocates, that's not arrogance as much as delusional fear.
The killer in South Carolina, Dylann Root, was quoted as saying to his victims "You (Black People) are taking over this country." Clearly that opinion was not formulated with data. That was a point of view shaped by his community and family, by the common interest groups he aligned himself with, who portray the world through the lens of blame and paranoia.
Check this out, care of the Astrologer Rob Brezsny:
Big dairy company refuses milk from farmers who mistreat animals.
New Green Overpass Will Let Wildlife Cross 6 Lanes of Highway
Houston Nearly Halves Homeless Population In 4 Years
Or do you feel the same? Just turn on the TV or drive through Harrison, Arkansas with a rainbow flag and Hillary 2016 bumper stickers on your car.
It's a blessing and a curse, this life of ours. As so many voices said today: "Love Wins"-- I just wish it didn't have to come at such a high cost to our humanity.