As we all wake up to the storming of the U.S. Capital in our past, our thoughts connect to our emotion, placing the need for our country’s transition more critical than ever.
Just days ago I wrote Part 1 in the moment, real time as I was challenged emotionally to what I was witnessing. I made a commitment in the form of a challenge to be present, realized and genuine, not allowing myself to recant any expression. I spent the following mornings rereading the post and observing reactions from a diverse collection of respected perspective. What I observed was a life lesson that we all need to be reminded of.
Hate consumes the energy of those willing to give the most to help those that have the least.
Hate consumes the hope that so many exhaustively hold for so long.
Hate consumes the opportunity for our youth to realize the value in service to others.
The only target to channel hate at is hate itself. Nothing else.
The reaction from the country following the surreal invasion of the U.S. Capital was one that in most fronts appeared to be genuine, emotional and driven to action. In any experience that is so unexpected, we are often locked in an initial emotional state, having to wait until our logical hemisphere begins to find it’s way and we are witness to a multitude of narratives and theories. This was a very unique incident however, where the freedom to act on emotion before our logic was able to settle became an accepted behavior. We were collectively angry at having our democracy, our shared ‘damsel in distress’, so violated in front of our eyes.
It was the fight in us. A fight that is always in us. However, our fear to bare this fight is based upon the same society that is not wise, considerate, compromising or absolute in it’s discipline to contribute. We are either traumatically influenced by our society or heavily condemning our society. The responses that I heard and read were all comments, feelings, thoughts that could have been easily justified and accepted prior to the siege, yet they were not presented until after.
What if these expressions, this accountability, this fight were put into the world at the earliest available moment? Would we have experienced what we did?
Generally, I can have a difficult time valuing anything politicians choose to express publicly. However, when Arnold Schwarzenegger took the time (a very efficient 8 minutes) to deliver a profound speech four days after the riot, I set what I was doing down and gave it my full attention. It was the articulate response that only a person from a broken democracy, ravaged culture of family and a self sought appreciation of America could have delivered. He provided perspective and more notably, a warning of what sparked the destructive spin of a petulant society: The allowance of lies.
The demand for transparency and truth is an appropriate one, but it is much different than what is needed. The demand that need be expressed in this moment is the complete accountability of those that would use dishonesty and lies to damage a country that we are wholly invested in. Yes, I would like our government to be forthcoming and open, however, I’d rather begin with the pledge of our leadership to only communicate what they can give evidence to.
As more and more information unfolds in the wake of the invasion, it is clear that there will be plenty to wade through if pursuing accurate information. I’m looking forward to posting Part 3 as we learn what the true intent was of the insurgents.