I love to organize my socks.
I pull all of my socks out of the drawer, pair everyone up, help lost socks find their mate and neatly fold them back.
Well, I wont have to do that for a while, I think and I go about the rest of my days, my weeks and my months.
Sooner or later, my sock drawer grows chaotic and demands attention. It wasn’t that I was ignoring the sock drawer. But sometimes I am naive enough to think that after I smugly fold the last sock, I have fixed the issue. If I address the chaos in my sock drawer one time, the issue of unmatched socks will go away and I will never have to address it again.
I think we need to address the sock drawer.
Me, as an average person in this country, tend to assume that after we have a conflict, a battle, even a war, we wipe our hands clean and walk away.
We fixed it. It is better. We do not need to address it again.
But you know what we are?
We are more chaotic than socks.
And for as much as we want to be good; pride, power and fear are compelling factors to be less good. And when we continue to look away, ignore and excuse what is less good, the needle moves further from what is good.
I don’t think we are very good right now. I think we can be better.
Today reminds me that we consistently have to address and evaluate issues within our society. We can never assume that because great people fought decades ago, we can be impervious to matters of human rights, civil rights and our sacred, fragile democracy.
In light of the volatility we face and have faced in the last couple weeks, I was delighted today. I was thrilled to listen to scholars talk about this day and how we move forward.
I am always humbled to listen to the lives of giants. Thank you Martin Luther King Jr for your bravery and fortitude and reminding us we all have a dream.
I still have to address the chaos in my sock drawer.