But this post is about something hopeful. This post is about a cure for this sickness. The cure requires that we each come to a greater understanding of ourselves. That begins with something that I have written about in this blog many times before. It begins with an understanding that everything that we experience has an indelible impact on how and what we think, and that how/what we think has a direct impact on how we experience the world. I see so many people devoting themselves to promoting harmony. dedicating themselves to understanding. Yet, the same conversations take place year after year. My 3rd-grade son came home from school just yesterday talking about what he learned about Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement. And while I appreciate that my son is learning about this incredibly important aspect of who we are, it occurred to me that it is the same things that my 6th grade daughter came home talking about when she was in third grade. Discussed the same way that it was discussed with my 9th grade son when he was in third grade. With no greater clarity regarding how we move forward than that which was there when my 12th grade son learned about it in his third grade class.
This is not to say that we've not made incredible strides, because we certainly have. However, I find myself waiting for a development in the conversation. A development that will result in movement forward. I am convinced that a change in focus from the behavior of "others" to efforts to understand what motivates us and our perceptions will move us in that direction.
We are ready for this change. We deserve this. We ALL do.