Saturday, August 11, 2012

Spoonful of Love

Dear Buttercups,

I love you. I love political discourse. I love Jon Stewart and Tina Fey and Fox and BBC- God help me, I love em all. I love that we live in a nation where I will not be buried up to my neck and stoned to death for leaving He Who Must Not Be Named. I also love spoonfuls of Nutella, but I digress...

I have staunch Republican friends. I have strong Democrat friends. I have friends who have helped perform abortions, believers in a woman's right to choose. I have friends who lobby before Congress for Right to Life movements, and have made it their life's work.

I have friends who are ministers, who are faith through works. I have friends who will tell you that Science is their only religion, that there is no God.

I have family members who wear overalls to work, who are salt-of-the-earth. I have friends who are in the upper echelons of academia, who look down from that oft-mocked Ivory Tower.

I have friends who have probably never knowingly encountered a gay person. I have gay and lesbian friends who I've thrown baby showers and wedding parties for.

What I mean to say, is I have friends and loved ones from every walk of life. Every belief system imaginable, and probably a few beyond my imagination. At the end of the day, no matter where you are walking, please remember, we are all in this together. We can disagree on things, we can vehemently disagree on politics and beliefs. We can also be civil in our disagreements.

Remember, we have freedom of belief and freedom of speech, but we also have responsibilities to be wise with our words and our actions. Remember to be kinder than you may feel. Remember we are all fighting our own battles, some of which will never see the light of day. And, remember to be the light, whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Evangelical Christian, Pagan, overall-wearing oil field worker, a Suit, or a WoW playing geek.

Be the light. Peace and love and spoonfuls of Nutella, y'all!

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