Fostering Compassionate Conversations Within Our Community
These are just a few of earth's stalwart sentinels who have witnessed and withstood human-kind's foibles, greed, and stupidity.
This blog is a new forum where I can process and write about my personal emotions, views, ideas, and observations in a way that will encourage myself and my readers to work towards positive change. I chose this title with the clear realization that rooting has two very different meanings: we will cheer for change, invite it, welcome it, and embrace it, but we also need to go in search of and dig up the mechanisms which will bring real, lasting, empowering, empathetic, uniting, and affirming change to this country.
We were, however, rudely informed that many view change as scary and intimidating, ten days ago, when the presumptive President elect's slogan “Make America Great, Again” was embraced wholeheartedly by the 25% of the United States population who voted for him. To be very clear, this was not a political message inviting constructive change, instead, it was a distinct invitation to go back to a time when: inequality, injustice, and separation for people of color was common place, LBGTQ people had to hide their essential being behind closet doors, and women had no legal rights over their bodies (or property) and were expected (no ordered) to stay at home to be subservient and obedient to their husbands.
With one long sweeping motion --- hate and antipathy have been legitimized, normalized, and institutionalized. The segment of the population who actively practice racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and misogyny, and the portion of the demographic who have felt unheard, misunderstood, and hurt, as well as the folks who are on the “losing” side of this election have all been given explicit permission to rise up and attack anyone who is different (in any way) or offers a dissenting opinion. Innocent people who are simply living their lives have (and will) become the victims of indiscriminate violence all in the name of political affiliation.
Plainly stated, I believe that embracing and standing with either the left or right leaning faction, to the exclusion of all other philosophies and ideas, is a thinly veiled excuse to make judgmental observations to align ourselves with others who have a similar world views, which then provides comprehensive justification for creating the other (the enemy).
In reality, the few polarizing points that are on opposing sides of this giant yawning societal divide are not, in the accurate sense, part of any true political doctrine. They are, instead, personal or religious beliefs that have been adopted by the parties to create a greater sense (obligation) toward morality, virtue, and artificial division. These issues simply do not have a justifiable rationale for being part of the electoral process or conversation.
Positive change can only come when we all actively search (dig) for and recognize that essential “human – ness” (alikeness) in each other instead of labeling, judging one another, and seeking the disparity.
We will all win when we can drop the rhetoric and pandering, educate ourselves with the facts about the real issues (poverty, greed, artificial status, environmental degradation, etc.), engage in affirming, respectful conversation (with everyone), and work together to fight for our common desire for: a safe place to live and raise our children, enough food to eat, the comforts of home and family, and to merely be loved, understood, and validated for who we are.
May it be so ---
Maria Corse is the founder and executive director of Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning in Canton, NY.