We hold these truths to be self-evident that all are created equal.
Equal in spite of our strengths.
Equal in spite of our weaknesses.
Equal in spite of our color.
Equal in spite of our gender.
Equal because we are created. Equal because we all are given the same opportunity to exist.
In spite of ourselves. Having nothing to do with ourselves.
What a gift to have the opportunity to treat each other—every other—with love and respect.
I remember my brother’s friends coming home from Vietnam. To believe they all could return and just get a job and live a normal life was unthinkable. If you don’t understand, watch “Platoon,” which sent many vets into PTSD responses.
I am sorry for the pain that every special interest group I know experiences. I know what it feels like to be marginalized. Just a little. I know what it feels like to be misunderstood. Just a little. And I’m sorry it has to be anyone’s experience.
I know some who are treated badly because they’re regarded as ugly. I also know some who are treated badly because they’re regarded as beautiful. I reject all the extremes.
We take care of the weak because someday we may be weak
We take care of the poor because someday we may be poor.
We envision the plight of the least advantaged and see ourselves in their eyes.
How we treat others is on us—not them.