Etched in stone on the F.D.R. Memorial in Washington, D.C. are these words: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have too little.” That is true globally as well as nationally and locally. Perhaps we could come together around the most pressing priorities facing all of us and take constructive, creative and responsible actions to solve those most troublesome issues. Then we would be more united and stand together, with bonds that strengthen rather than divisions that separate. Maybe and hopefully, the next four years will see a positive change in the will and ability to work together for the common good, not merely partisan interests. This is the message that each of us needs to send to those who represent us at every level.
In the meantime, we must take every opportunity we have to help heal the divisions that separate us, to share the visions that can unite us and to exert whatever influence we have to demonstrate that we can and will work toward a common purpose with common goals. All of this is for the commonwealth of our future that can be so much better than it is. If you believe that, everyone, regardless of party affiliation, can participate in the beginning for what lies ahead. Perhaps we can embrace the test suggested by Natasha Brown, “for the love of humanity” and see how our actions meet that test. There will continue to be different interpretations, different opinions and different responses. That’s OK as long as that kind of diversity is both respectful and civil. Diversity enriches all of us. Divisiveness makes all of us poor and creates a poverty of spirit. Ironic in that today is celebrated as World Kindness Day!