I’m a liberal. I’m a lefty-pinko-socialist who wants to take your money away and give it to poor people. Okay, so not really, but I understand that position. I am more sympathetic to that extreme than I am to the far right. It’s a continuum and I get David Kucinich in the “Which Democrat are You” quiz. If that means we can’t be friends, I understand. But, I have to be true to what I feel in my heart and do my best to communicate my beliefs just as you do with yours. It’s not just Freedom of Speech; It’s Freedom. Not saying how you feel because you are afraid of persecution, however small, is un-American and inhuman. And it hurts us.
In that spirit, I offer you the President’s speech from Cairo. Not because I voted for him and want to rub it in your face, but because I think he delivered a speech you should watch or read. He depicted the planet as an interconnected web of humanity where our actions and reactions have an effect on people all over the globe. It’s not politics, it’s not economics, it’s not religion, it’s not security and it’s not technology. It’s all of that together as a single reality we all share. This is deep stuff and I certainly don’t do the speech justice.
It is delivered in such a spirit of respect to all the people of the world that it’s hard to argue with his honest appraisals of what we have done and what we must do now. If we support the things he proposes, we will all be safer, richer, free-er.
Just one excerpt that I think even Atheists like me can see the beauty of:
We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.
The Holy Koran tells us: “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.”
The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.”
The Holy Bible tells us: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth.
I know he isn’t the first person to say these things, but we’ll remember this speech because it came at a time when people were willing to open their minds to it and from a person they listen to.
Also, the Internet is awesome.