Climbing from trauma to transformation

Published: 4/4/2021 3:50:28 PM

If recent events have left you existing in a staticky snow globe, may I suggest some simple orientation? Simple definitions for concepts like “good” and “evil” or “us” and “them” can become fixed tenets with some active citizenship. Can we agree that “us” means all of us who cherish democracy?

We can agree, I believe, that those who worship profit over humanity belong in the “them” category. It’s a choice; a malleable trait (call me Polyanna!).

Defining “good” and “evil” will require a national debate. Let’s take our cue from two of our most astute observers and create the psycho-spiritual space to climb from our national trauma to redemption.

Whether or not you believe that an anti-racist society is a worthy aspiration, please read these two books and be willing to participate in discussions defining our essential nature.

Let’s all read Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.” To form a “new nation, conceived in dignity ...” we need to be brave. This won’t be easy but it can be simple. I wish you well, my fellow citizens. God bless us every one.

Linda J Donaldson

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