Equality... are we there yet?
I'm not sure why we don't get it as a whole.
The "fight" for equal rights is nothing new.
The 1800's were filled with the Suffrage Movement. Lucy Stone of Brookfield, Massachusetts was the first woman in Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She and many, many others of like mind, joined the fight for
woman's rights in a time when public speaking in and of itself was discouraged for all women, not to mention work, pay, treatment and the right to vote!
We've come a long way baby... and yet, we've got a way to go.
Until we can look in the mirror and see our own imperfections before we cast a judgement to another.
Until we can sit around the campfire so to speak, and break bread with people that don't share our views, our belief systems, our color, our preferences.
Until we put love first.
The right to marry for all is fine with me. Who am I to judge? Moreover, who are you to judge? Two people in love is a beautiful thing. Love shared grows and when it's right, the energy from those two people who have a solid and firm foundation in their personal partnership will overflow and affect so many people you could not possibly count them all.
We haven't got it all together yet and that's okay, because we're human, we aren't supposed to be perfect. Perfection is idealism, not reality.
May we, who are imperfect, knowing that in our imperfection we can still share love.
May you, who feel less than equal, know that in the end, we are all one.
May they, who cast the first stone, still find unconditional love, in spite of themselves.
May the groups that seek to overcome, only do so with love as their cause, and with love for ALL, not just those that are members of their cause.
It often takes more strength for someone who is "different" to show their true colors than it takes for a group of people who feel accepted by their peers and society at large.
Many years ago, when AIDS was just coming to the forefront, many, many people had not done their homework. I recall hearing people that I had thought were intelligent people, saying that AIDS was just a "Gay" disease and that no-one else could catch it. I instantly felt saddened for them. In their laughter and judgement they had missed the point. It could indeed be transmitted to them and it only took about 10 years for all the facts to finally be set straight and I'm sure they don't look at it that way anymore. At the time though, they seemingly felt "superior" in their assured statements. They seemed to feel "safe" from "it".
People, please wake up. No-one is "safe" from anything. Life is not safe, it's an adventurous exploration in the knowing of who we are, who we can be as people and who we can be as a collective consciousness.
Be Brave.... yes.... be very brave.
Just because we don't understand someone that is a bit different from us does not make them wrong and us right. Nor does it make us right and them wrong.
It is in our differences that our stained glass colored planet is whole. Share the space with love....