Confucius said: "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
I've had a lot on my mind these past couple of weeks, and have refrained from joining the public conversation. Instead, I have been choosing to stay intently focused on and having private conversations with friends, associates, students in my Leadership Communications class, and with family members.
I do, however, have a few thoughts I'd like to chronicle for posterity, as this blog on my personal website allows me to do.
We live in a postmodern world...what I saw during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election was a battle between those who were seeking plurality, inclusiveness, and equality...and those who somehow interpreted the call for change as a threat to their worldviews. The clash between religious fundamentalism and secularism has left ugly scars in the American consciousness and polarized generations of believers on both sides.
Meanwhile, those of us "in the middle"—who believe in equity and don't see it as a threat to our worldviews—remained...
...yearning for change
...NOT wanting to join the strident, unproductive, divisive fringe conversations
...and I, in fact, avoided them while I continued to lay low and secretly desire some semblance of sanity and reason, respect...and, unification.
I'll admit, I didn't have much hope.
Perhaps it is ironic that it took the social media video transmission of a black man having the life snuffed out of him by a white policeman who, quite frankly, appeared to be enjoying himself, that a new "woke-ness" has arrived on a scale not seen in years.