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.
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…
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.