Throughout the election, I have been silent. In conversations, I have been silent. On social media, I have been silent.
I have been listening. I have been watching. I have been empathizing. I have been thinking. Making my mind up for myself. Sometimes it takes a while, when you see and agree with the values of both sides. When you understand the fears of both sides. When you are ashamed of and disheartened by the, at best, mockery and disrespect—and at worst, the hate—in the narratives of BOTH sides. And when you are every day inspired by the courage, idealism, and commitment to goodness and justice on BOTH sides.
I wouldn’t normally post something like this on One Little Library and if you came here for book talk and are disappointed to get political talk, I apologize. I promise I won’t belabor this point. Come back another time, and we’ll get back to books.
But there comes a time when listening, watching, empathizing, and thinking can turn into paralysis, inaction, and enabling. Lest my silence become a cloak for cowardice, it’s time to say something.Continue Reading