I am ignoring the political chaos and hate swirling around on the air waves. I will write about manifestations of good in our culture–of lovingkindness and empathy, manifestations of a giving spirit and the willingness of some–more than you think–to work for justice and a vibrant democracy. I will write about sunshine and shadow, green leaves and a hint of spring. One season follows another, and we will witness once again the rebirth of spring. Shrill, accusing voices will be stilled, and a respect for truth will be renewed, whether it be science-based or emanating from spirituality. Chasms of misunderstanding will somehow be bridged.
But total passivity will not bring about change; rather, nonviolent action, growing out of serious reflection, will win the day. Good people of various political persuasions will come together, realizing that we must restore sanity and good will and find a way to work together for the common good, for the sake of everyone, including the poor and powerless and those in danger of sliding into poverty and including all races.
Yes, winter will give way to spring and the eyes of many in this country will be opened to the beauty that lies in the restoration of respectful dialogue along with the reconciliation of opposing views. From the local perspective, green will be restored to the faces of the mountains of the Blue Ridge, and great birds, like the hawk and eagle, will fly proudly once again.
You might think that I am naïve to think that a radical change will occur in this country—for the good. Obviously, it will take more than the passage into one spring to transform the cultural-political atmosphere from schism and recrimination, to dialogue and mutual respect. But I believe this can happen, if Americans with an intact conscience will put their shoulders to the wheel, speak out or write forthrightly, support political candidates who believe in justice FOR ALL and have the desire to heal the wounds that seem to now irrevocably divide political adversaries.
In truth, I would like to see the rebirth of political moderation in this country. I would hope that political moderates would regain the balance of power in the USA. But I realize that there will always be diversity of opinion; I only hope that liberals and conservatives will find a way to integrate the best of both perspectives.