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To all people of color, to Latinos and African Americans, to the refugees fleeing war and persecution, to immigrants from around the world,
To Muslims and Jews, to those of the Baha’i faith, to Hindus and others unnamed,
To all women. To our wives, our daughters, our mothers and our sisters,
To the disabled, the elderly, the poor and disadvantaged,
To the countless instances of human rights violated and justice denied,
To Earth and those many future generations who will suffer profoundly as avoidable climate change unfolds and permanently overheats our planet. To the millions of species lost,
I am sorry. We failed.
Copyright 2016 Daniel R. Cobb
Some have written to me, asking what this essay is all about. The have no context. I wrote this immediately after Donald Trump was elected president. I was in extreme duress, and still am. Two years and lapsed and still the travesty of Trump’s expropriation of office has not been been reversed. His election was a fraud in every sense, and justice, honoring democracy and the Will of the People, must be delivered.
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It’s the way I feel, also. So many of us now know we have to fight all of the issues and people we failed. Much harder work now, that is almost overwhelming is now the work of those who won’t have the advantages of the laws to help us. Thanks for this, Daniel.
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But we have with us the righteousness and stamina that comes with our conviction that we progressives, we liberals, are defending the sacred interests of humanity: equality, and liberty, and the sanctity of the Earth we all share. So if we chose to overcome, then we will. It will take work, perseverance, but we will overcome for one reason: Our cause is just.
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Hopelessness is a privilege none of us can afford. Keep going, Daniel Cobb. Most of the voters in our country did not vote for Trump. See Rebecca Solnit’s entire book, “Hope in the Dark”.
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I will check out “Hope in the Dark”, Greenlaw. Thank you much.
Greenlaw, I read Hope in the Dark. Thanks for recommending.
My relationship with God, assuming I have one, is a mystery. In my late youth, in a period of extreme stress, I prayed fervently to God, to anyone, for help. Let me just say that my life was on the line, on a ship in the middle of the sea. I was not a religious person at the time. At that moment, I experienced an event that I can’t adequately describe. I was hit, enveloped by a presence that expressed overwhelming love for me and I was left sobbing with gratitude. Many years passed and over that time I traveled the world and met many people of many religions and they all seek communion with God, in their own way. Those who claim to have the exclusive, singular path to God tend to disprove themselves by their own failings. In all of my reading, all of my studies, all of my prayers, I have never had another such encounter. I don’t know where God lives. My training is as a technologist, an engineer. I am a student of science. I need facts, evidence. Elusiveness is a contrary proof. Blind faith doesn’t work for me. I don’t fault God. I’m still searching. Maybe that is our destiny, to search and in end, finally, to love humanity more than ourselves.
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