We say in our African idiom, 'A person is a person through other persons.' The solitary human being is a contradiction in terms. I need you in order to be me as you need me in order to be you. We are caught up in a delicate network of interconnectedness. I have gifts that you don't, and you have gifts I don't--voila! We are made different so that we may know our need of one another. The completely self-sufficient human being is subhuman. Thus diversity, difference is of the essence of who we are." - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
What a beautiful picture of diversity Archbishop Tutu paints. I am me because you are you. Pretty simple, isn't it?
In these last few weeks before the election, we have a wider schism than I have ever known. Two sides with a huge gulf in between. Democrats are those damn liberals who want to take money from the rich and give it away to the public-assistance using, abortion loving, military hating socialists who grow pot in their backyard and plan Occupy protests from their Big Bertha sleeping bags. While wearing their Toms and eating their organic Nicaraguan bananas. Their kids grow up protesting 'the man' and the 'one percent' before they can even spell the words.
Republicans? Well, obviously, they are obese white men who live in big stucco compounds, drive gas-guzzling Escalades, and secretly have illegal immigrants trim their rosebushes. The rosebushes that descend from their great-granddaddy's bushes on the plantation. They smoke their cigars and eat their fat baby calf steaks while plotting how to keep those poor rabble-rousers from taking their pennies away. They have secret meetings replete with diagrams of forbidden female reproductive organs (Republican porn) behind mahogany doors, plotting how to differentiate between good rape and bad rape. They hate women and children and Jews and puppies and unicorns, because everyone knows that unicorns did NOT make it onto the ark.
Really, Republicans and Democrats want a lot of the same things. We want freedom to speak. We want a safe place to live and move forward. We want to be able to move up and do better. We want to worship or not without fear of reprisal or harm. We want clean water and air. We want streets that are paved, schools that are open, libraries with books on the shelves, and a nation that continues to lead. We want to be able to afford medical care for our children and our parents, without it bankrupting us or taking away our future.
That being said, we are diverse. IT is our essence, what our nation was built on. Don't think I am a hemp and patchouli wearing no-gooder because I veer to the left and I won't think you are an ovary-hating bigot because you veer to the right. Recognize that we truly have more in common than not, and appreciate that I am me because you are you.
Peace and love and blessings, my friends! At the end of the day, we are all in this together. Good to remember, yes?