Where are the Kings and Kennedys?

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Where are the Kings and the Kennedys?

“In Community of Caring, we believe the quality of caring we give to our parents, to our brothers and sisters, to our families, to our friends and neighbors, and to the poor and the powerless endows a life, a community with respect, hope and happiness.”

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. “

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”

John F. Kennedy


Where are the leaders with the capacity to care?

To … make peaceful revolution possible instead of bringing on the inevitable violent one … that JFK predicted would come?

These pioneers fought for change in another dark time in America:

~ Children with any intellectual delay or disability locked away in filthy institutions

~ People segregated, disgraced, and tortured for the color of their skin

The legacies of the Kings and Kennedys changed the world.

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Where are today’s pioneers?

Why does the world celebrate hate?

Why does the world crave calamity?

Why does the world harbor such intolerance?

I saw a bumper sticker today…I misread it at first. (I hope I did.)

LOVE

TRUMPS

HATE

I first thought it read:

            LOVE

            TRUMPS

            HATE

That little apostrophe does not exist on the bumper sticker, and while I have regrettably learned that many in this world do love “very, very tremendously” the Hate Trump delivers (as well as his ridiculously limited vocabulary)

There are just as many who believe that

            LOVE

            TRUMPS

            HATE

Love outranks Hate

Love WINS over Hate

Love beats Hate

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We must be the pioneers.

While the world still benefits from the legacies of the Kings and Kennedys, and the time they fought in it ~ albeit for a brief interlude ~ we cannot sit, waiting for continued blessings from their work.

It is OUR work now.

STAND UP

 

Wendy Giglio Fiore 

July 28, 2018

 

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