I never wanted politics to be a part of this blog. I believe in separation of church and state, and I wanted to focus on what I perceive as a moral stance in how we live each moment, breath, day.
Lately we’re seeing Profiles in Courage in action. I applaud Senator Mitt Romney, Ambassador Yovanovitch, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, all three of whom should have received the Medal of Freedom before a man who spouts anything but.
I keep coming back to equanimity, to the bigger picture. When does all of this explode?
I worry, too, about a lack of attention span. We’re inundated.
In 1990, when I checked out the local highly-rated high school for my son, I learned that the classics were no longer required reading. The very sweet young teachers said that would be too “hard” for the students, and they had determined that was no longer necessary. The students would read summaries. I pointed out that my generation read Shakespeare and the classics “in the whole”, and I was grateful for it.
Recently I learned that a teacher of English literature at this same school doesn’t require books to be read at all. The mother said her daughter had this teacher for all four years of high school and never read a book. They discuss current events. In my day, that was Civics class, another class I’m grateful for, but I can’t imagine not having been exposed to the classics, books that can be read every decade with a different response.
Yesterday, a neighbor informed me she doesn’t read my FB posts because the articles I post are too long. She’s on the same political page as I am so it’s not that. Is Twitter really the maximum amount of time attention can be held? Can we understand complexity in tweets?
I’m with these words of Boris Pasternak: When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.
Amidst all the noise and distraction, I feel how important it is to listen to the beating of our heart and follow where it leads. People are doing that, and though they may be maligned right now by those with an egocentric agenda, the truth will realign. May this be so!
May all beings be happy. May all beings be safe. May all beings everywhere be free.