As a society, we are witnessing a regression of immense proportions, and it is with a heavy heart that I confront the reality of this setback. Yet, I am also filled with righteous anger, for I know that this retrogression is a manifestation of power and control, driven not by moral conviction, but by fear, distraction, and greed.
However, we cannot allow this to deter us from our progress. Our journey towards a just and equitable society has been a long and arduous one, and we cannot allow this setback to define us. Instead, we must rise to the challenge and embrace the opportunity to lead with love, to demonstrate integrity in the face of adversity.
Each of us, as Americans, possess an innate understanding of what is right and just, and I have faith in our collective ability to triumph over these forces of regression. There is no "them" and "us" - we are all a part of this nation, and it is our shared responsibility to shape its future.
We can choose to disengage from the divisive rhetoric that is being used to undermine our progress and instead create a new narrative, one based on empathy and understanding. Rather than playing defense, we must hold the tension and work towards a new paradigm, where we lead with love, inviting those who seek to divide us to join us in our quest for a better future.
However, this requires us to take responsibility for our anger and pain, and to seek support and understanding from our allies. We must resist the urge to project our frustrations onto others and instead seek to understand their perspectives, while also advocating for our own. Only then can we heal and move forward, together.