"...One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice For ALL"...
It's Long Past Time
Just as Meriatrics is committed to respect, compassion and dignity on behalf of older adults, so we acknowledge the collective rights and liberties of all people, races and cultures, especially those who have suffered at the hands of bigotry or hatred, injustice or inequity, ignorance or cowardice -- "...o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave".
No one among us should be surprised by the diverse protests that are now playing out of every street in America. The vile and senseless murders of people of color are not just racial crimes -- they are crimes against God and Humanity, a violation of our collective human spirit and an abrogation of the sacred principles of brotherly love and authentic faith. America and the world at large is justifiably outraged in grief and united in sorrow.
Over many decades, we've experienced other moments such as these; yet, time and again as a nation -- one nation under God -- we've seemingly settled for applying a band aid to a deep and festering wound. Covering it up may be expedient in the sort run, but it's hardly the cure. Our collective peace and prosperity as a nation, and the preservation of our democracy -- this great "experiment" known as America -- require both closer inspection and more effective treatment. And, it begins with each of us. If we are to be part of the solution, we must stretch beyond our comfort zones and pull back the curtain of our own humanity. We must confront any shred of prejudice toward others (often based on fears), observe our own indifferences (based on ego, greed or insensitivity) and apply some good, old-fashioned imagination as to what it must be like to walk in the shoes of others.
The process of healing as a nation begins with objective examination of our personal thoughts, fears, biases and belief systems that contribute, both directly and indirectly, to the scourge of racial injustice -- many of which are stereotypically based on familial/generational ideas, early life experiences/expectations or conforming to perceived social dictates (no matter how unfair or unreasonable.) Such personal excavation often reveals how we turn our own blind eye to human compassion and common decency -- of which ALL people, born of the same God -- are deserving. Recognizing and exorcising our own demons is a good first step toward fundamental change, because we cannot change that which we refuse to acknowledge.
In the prophetic words of President John F. Kennedy: "The ignorance of one ... in a democracy impairs the security of all." Has the wisdom of those words ever been more worthy of consideration than at this moment in time? Just as in the Coronavirus pandemic (or any other crisis that befalls us), "we're all in this together". And, in the words of the great Abraham Lincoln: "A divided house cannot stand against itself". Indeed, "united we stand, divided we fall".
May we all be arbiters of the social, cultural, spiritual and legislative changes needed to truly create "..one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all".
NOTE: Meriatrics is pleased to note that the "sunflower" (as inspiration for our mission and depicted in our logo) is also reflected in the amazing artistic mural created in memory of George Floyd. Read more about the wonder of sunflowers here.