It is a tough time right now to be an American. The media is filled with warmongering and hate, pitting not only Americans against the world, but Americans aginst each other. People go about in their daily lives suspicious of one another and desiring nothing more than to close their doors and hide from the bitterness and tension that have been such a part of our world for the last three years, since the Bush coup. It's been so long since we were all happy that people on both sides of the war issue have forgotten what we're fighting for, whether in war or in protest.
I believe that what we are all fighting for is a return to the value of human life, a value that is seen in our works of art, our individual expressions, our community gatherings. Never has the world seemed so alien as it does today- it is surreal. Yet with our obsession about the conflicts and the problems of the administration, we lose sight at what we want our soiciety to be, and why any of this is worth fighting for in the first place.
Don't misread me- I despise the administration and would like nothing more than to see them removed from power by any means necessary. But in saying that, I am clear on the vision I have of a society where we all have different views about politics, art, literature, business, but we all agree on and respect the liberties of each individual, and we value the opportunities we have to come together and discuss these views. The current government wants to deaden our sense of humanity in order to further their personal wealth, their own psychological desires for power, and ther individual crusades. The war on Iraq, much like the terror alert, is only another weapon in their massive arsenal against those of us who retain the value of the individual. And only you can keep yourself from being victimized by their attacks.
Don't let yourself become what you despise. Continue to enjoy life and value your fellow man, no matter what his political views may be.