Day 15: A Brief Intermission: A Nation Divided

I know that I have been posting periodically about what all these words mean to me. I still have a few left to share, but before I continue I wanted to take a break from that and post something else. I am always getting ideas to share something but I have been hesitant because I did not want to interrupt the ideas I was posting, but I feel this will be okay. My intentions with this blog are not to be controversial or repelling, it is only to share my own ideas and thoughts with others.

I have learned so much over the last decade. I have learned that people are naturally afraid, that fear is often used as a weapon, and I have learned that music is the gateway to the soul. I have learned that respect and trust can be given to the wrong people and the wounds those people inflict can be deep. I have learned that inaction can be as deadly as action and there are consequences for every choice. I have learned that in my generation, too few have led “normal” lives growing up. We all have been subject to psychological damage and emotional scarring.

What I have not been able to figure out is the meaning or reasons behind somethings. I do not understand how sometimes a idea so simple could be so complicated. Right now I am waiting patiently alongside millions of other Americans for the Supreme Court to rule on Equality. Our government has faced issues like this others times in the past, in 1865 when slavery was abolished by the 13th Constitutional Amendment, and in 1920 when women were given rights by the 19th Amendment. How many times must we fight to prove that ALL of our people are equal? How much must we lose before it is known that we all share the same life?

I am appalled to think that there are many people who believe that everyone does not deserve the right to pursue happiness. There are people who act against it and it is those people who have put the pressure on the nation to decide. We are divided. We are weak. Our nation has nothing to prove to anyone but we constantly show them that we cannot coexist with ourselves. Our greatest enemy is staring us in the face every time we look in the mirror. We are a nation divided. How can we say that we are the “United” States when our people are unable to accept each other? On our own coined money there is a Latin phrase, “E Pluribus Unum”, translated to “Out of Many, One”. I believe that the reason this was printed on something so common in our lives, is to remind us that no matter what comes our way, we are all equally sharing in the experience as one nation. We are all in this together. I think that John Dickinson said it best back in 1768 in The Liberty Song: “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all, By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall”.

We are at a critical time in our economic growth. Our nation cannot afford to be so small-minded. We must be united. We must be accepting. We must care for one another and prove to ourselves that the greatness that was expected of us is possible. I want to be able to live my life as an American citizen, free of worry and free of judgment. I want to find a person to share my life with and not have to hide or move to another place in order to pursue happiness. I want to be able to trust the people who I am around. Is that too much to ask?

It has taken a lot for me to be able to see through the clouded vision I have been taught and raised with. I have seen so much in my life and heard so many things that make me either very motivated or very saddened. These things in life are not meant to be difficult. There are simple fixes to it all but it is nearly impossible to find them or employ those fixes with the mindset our people have now. Our people are struggling to find their own identity in a place where there is none left. As I have mentioned before, all I can do is Hope. I will Hope that things will be easier to understand and I hope that we can all, as a nation. learn to grow together.

I will continue the regularly scheduled programming in the next post. Have a good day. ๐Ÿ™‚

(2009). The Liberty Song 1768. Available at: http://americanrevolution.org/war%20songs/warsongs6.html.

(2012). July 1942:United We Stand. [ONLINE] Available at: http://amhistory.si.edu/1942/campaign/campaign24.html.

(2013). E Pluribus Unum. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.treasury.gov/about/budget-performance/strategic-plan/Pages/dlinks.aspx.

~ by Charbie on June 24, 2013.

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