Sunday, February 19, 2012

200 Years of Growing Pains

I saw this on Facebook the other day and it made me think about the 200 plus years of growing pains that our country has gone through. We were based on the concept of equality for all—but the country was still filled with slave owners and certainly meant that in their minds all men were created equal but women were—women.

Okay, so we’ve come pretty far. We stood up against the rest world and fought a civil war that abolished slavery.

Then we went scores of years before giving women the vote and giving our African American population a guarantee in the law—if not in the minds of all—that they were equal and the same. Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and others brought us away from desegration.

Now, let’s face it. As it’s said in the wonderfully imaginative and funny play Avenue Q, one of the denizens points out, “Everybody’s a little bit prejudice.”

But we’ve fought so hard and long for equality among the sexes, religions, the many colors of humanity we come in, and our choice as far as relationships go, be they traditional or same sex. We have come a long, long way in realizing that we’re all part of this human rat race and all truly entitled to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.

This picture really made me think. I pray that we keep going forward as Americans, in recognizing everyone’s rights—including their right to find happiness in their own personal way—continue. We are as great as all out individual parts—I’d like to believe that we’ll continue to forge forward as a nation, and never take steps backwards that encourage prejudice or cruelty in any way, shape, or form.


Mary Ricksen said...

I really think that prejudice begins with our parents. My dad acted as if he wasn't, but you found his subtle innuendos packed with it. We learn tolerance and acceptance from those around us and their attitudes toward others.
Sure makes you think...

Traci said...

Tolerance is a must if you want to hang out with our group - life is too short to spend with those who don't embrace all different walks of life! Great post, Heather!

Bonnie Vanak said...

Great post, Heather. You are so right. Tolerance is key and so is being flexible and willing to listen to other opinions. Wouldn't the world be boring if we weren't from all walks of life?

RENEE said...

So well said! I pray for the day where no one will say, "but this is different" when questions of basic civil rights come up for any person. Unfortunately we still have a long way to go, but each generation seems to be increasing tolerance and flexibility.