Tuesday, November 11, 2008

the weight of hope

Have you heard that the weight of a soul is 21 grams? That's equivalent to the weight of five nickles in the palm of your hand.

What do other energies weigh? What is the weight of love?
What is the weight of potential? What is the weight of hope, or more importantly, what is the burden of hopelessness? Not just for the individual, but for the society?

We stand at the precipice of suffering and opportunity. It has been decades since the safety net has been this threadbare as we dive into a recession. One of every 100 black men are warehoused in prison -- locked in the basement -- as our President elect smashes a glass ceiling.

So let this not be the diet of our nation -- the loss of hope, opportunity and our collective souls.

Voting for Obama was a step. A big step. Now we need to stay fully engaged in our democracy and speak loudly for those still without voices. Racism is not over with the election of a black man. And fear and hatred trumps love with the rescinding of gay marriage in California and other anti-gay legislation in Arizona, Florida and Arkansas.

Will Rogers said, "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

1 comment:

Dr. Jay SW said...

Yeah, there's definitely a real danger in all the elation about Obama's victory--which is not to say there's not a lot to be elated about, or that it's not a good thing to be upbeat and optimistic about the possibilities presented to us rather than falling into that Ralph Naderish "it's not Utopia, so it sucks" kinda thing. Nonetheless, this whole Obama the Messiah thing is, ultimately, no less ridiculous, if less offensive, certainly, than the Obama the Antichrist thing I was privileged to learn about by e-mail from my fundie relatives. Ultimately, it's going to lead to a lot of disillusionment for some, and a lot of complacence for others, and both will be open doors for a resurgent right wing. So, in that sense, as awful as Proposition H8te is, at least it does give us a needed reality check. And, unfortunately, one side-effect of Obama's election is that now the right wingers will use it as evidence that the overwhelming number of black men in prison has nothing to do with racism....