Frogs in a pan...

Well...It's happening. I posted
something on Facebook today about being Pro-Choice and my feed blew up. Pro-Choice, like I believe that women have the right to CHOOSE what they do with their bodies. Immediately there was talk about being pro-abortion, as if that I the ONLY choice that women can make.

Now, here we are, a country that is in trouble. In four days our President, using both Twitter and a fatal pen, has decided that we should freeze government hiring,removed us from the Pacific Trade Agreement, is looking into leaving the UN, signed to drill for oil along more than one pipeline, is threatening millions and destroy their water, is planning to build a wall between the US and Mexico (which WE will pay for), has determined that refugees from "dangerous countries" not be allowed into the US although they have been deeply vetted, and has begun talks to destroy health care for millions. I am at a loss...I am genuinely feeling physically ill.

I have always been outspoken about my beliefs. I was the one in high school that questioned whether the God that was talked about at church was the same God that was called Allah. Why couldn't they be the same, different names dictated by where they are located in the world? How did I know that all the religions of the world weren't related? Why did everything need to be so separate, so defined.

I believe myself to be a broad thinker. I also think that I try to find the best in people. I am at a total loss right now. I want to be able to have friends with differing opinions. I believe that having rich, intelligent conversation about the world from multiple perspectives can bring a fullness to one's life. I know that some might find this odd, but I appreciate where others come from as long as it is respectful dialogue.

Sadly, in this time, respectful dialogue seems to be happening less and less...calling others "stupid" or "uneducated" when they don't agree with you seems to be more common. I am saddened by this and am losing "friends" on Facebook day by day. This isn't even the end of the first week. I guess one way to thin things out is to post "controversial topics" on one's wall...

Conversation is no longer the norm...anger and criticism is. I am genuinely concerned about our future, I am concerned about my son, my family, my students who I love so much. We are in dangerous times and, I am worried that those who have been holding a blind eye, will not see it until it's too late.

I have always been unafraid to speak my opinion, but it is time for words, deep breathing, then ACTION...We cannot sit silently.

Have you heard that a frog that can be boiled if you slowly turn the water up to boil? Since the water heats up slowly, the frog doesn't realize that it is dying....that Ladies and Gentlemen is what is happening...

After just four days, the water is heating up. We must decide if we are to be complacent and boil or jump out of the pan and fight...

I will not longer be silent...I am a part of the Resistance...hatred will not prevail! Fight! We cannot let ourselves and our children down...

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