Progress

As we move into one week since equal Marriage became legal here in the U.S. I contemplate what makes a good society. As we are about to celebrate July 4th as well, I think Liberty might be one way to start the contemplation.

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Freedom from oppression.

Thinking about various civilizations, unfortunately oppression happens. Differences arise in beliefs, religions, opinions and cultures. These differences can lead to oppression of one or many. My opinion is that the oppression arises out of fear, ego or both in most cases.

Our earth evolves. Species evolve. Man evolves. Beliefs evolve as well as governments. I believe no society can or will be perfect. No individual is perfect. All we can do is be willing to grow, have an open mind and to strive to be better today than we were yesterday. If we are willing to grow, we will. Growing takes patience, work, understanding, compassion and education.

Think about these words from Thomas Jefferson…

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A wise man indeed.

Right now I sit in gratitude for the growth we have recently witnessed. Progress toward a more equal and validating society. We are not perfect. If we keep making progress, even a little at a time, we will be better tomorrow than we are today. With liberty comes responsibility. May we lead by example with respect, compassion and esteem.

Leaving DC

What a wonderful trip.

We averaged about 7 miles of walking each day, not bad for a bum knee! We saw some amazing art, monuments, quotes, sights, views, places and homes. We ate great food. We absorbed history. We read, walked, observed, absorbed, learned and appreciated. We rooted for a baseball team in their new stadium that ain’t the Padres. We enjoyed friends. We laughed with strangers and shared smiles with security guards.

Washington DC is a melting pot of culture. A place of many people, many backgrounds all converge in a city of the world like no other. A place where people respect, demonstrate, speak out, listen, debate, agree, disagree, learn and grow. It has politics, government, art, history, beauty, grime, love, crime, heroes and villains. Most of all Washinton DC is a place for all people.

Statue outside of The Federal Trade Commision, the dome of The National Gallery of Art in the background.

“Man Controlling Trade” one of two paired sculptures outside of The Federal Trade Commision, this one on the Pennsylvania Avenue side with the dome of The National Gallery of Art in the background.

Interior of the Library of Congress, one of the most beautiful buildings I've ever encountered in the U.S.

Interior of the Library of Congress, one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever encountered in the U.S.

Being from Virginia myself, Mr. Jefferson has always been an inspiration. This was a nice surprise for me to find in the Library of congress.

Being originally from Virginia myself, Mr. Jefferson has always been an inspiration. This was a nice surprise for me to find in the Library of congress.

It's quite a humbling experience standing inside Mr. Jefferson's library.

It’s quite a humbling experience standing inside Mr. Jefferson’s library.

Myself, Fearsome and the better half frame the Washington Monument while standing on the roof of The Department of the Interior during a private tour of the depression era murals that fill it's corridors.

Myself, Fearsome and the better half frame the Washington Monument while standing on the roof of The Department of the Interior during a private tour of the depression era murals that fill it’s corridors.

We arrived home last night tired, full, happy and grateful. Our six darling pups greeted us with love, love and more love. Our wonderful bed swallowed our tired bodies into its comfortable soul and we slept.

Mitzi welcoming us home, all six of her wonderful pounds bursting with excitement.

Mitzi welcoming us home, all six of her wonderful pounds bursting with excitement.

Inside the beltway

It takes a lot to run a country. A lot.

Washington DC is an amazing place. Fifty states, numerous territories, 300 plus million people all rely on a cohesive central government that then has to maintain some sort of relation with all the other countries and people who inhabit this planet. It’s a government that is in constant transition and evolution. House representatives can change every two years, the Senate every six, justices until they retire and presidents every four. Each member has numerous staff and each administration thousands. All of these people working for those elected are only here for the terms of their official. They don’t get hired out of college to stay until retirement. Think about that one. Change, it’s how our founding fathers designed it.

Yesterday I saw this quote in the Jefferson memorial, inspirational it is:

 

Jefferson's wisdom, may it stay with us far into our future.

Jefferson’s wisdom, may it stay with us far into our future.

Checks and balances can be frustrating and slow yet they help us evolve. Progress is not always a straight line to the best result but with debate and work we can get there. A couple of days ago I was reading about an election in a city near my own where a winner was finally declared. The winner won by two votes. Two. Every one of us has a vote, everyone of our votes counts.

The people of this city live with change, are taxed without representation, work hard long hours and serve a nation and a planet. I am thankful for the people of this city. I am thankful to those who transition through to make our government work as well as thankful to those who make this city their permanent home to support our ever evolving heart. The heart, the soul of our progressing, not perfect but progressing, civilization.