Today, due to a few time constraints, I will write a shorter post and wanted to include a photo I hope you find inspirational. The picture, captured at the Women’s Walk in Portland, shows a woman solidly holding a sign that reads “Protect Mother Earth.”
When considering the current political landscape in the United States, a discussion of Psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg’s Six Stages of Moral Reasoning is particularly relevant. Have you heard of it? This theory identifies six different ways individuals make decisions and what influences that decision-making. The idea is that the higher up one is on the stages, the more advanced their approach to ethical decision-making and working for the greater good.
Yesterday I called Senator Collins of Maine’s office a number of times to contest the appointment of Scott Rubin as Head of the EPA. And guess what? I could not get through. Busy. Busy. And busy. People are storming the senate. I can’t complain too much and will be trying again today . . .
Have you ever noticed that if you move the center out of a peace sign and place it beneath, you would (almost) have the symbol for female? Coincidence? Wishful thinking? Stretching it? Well, whichever, I rest some hope in the tomorrows, believing that the future of our country’s leadership and healing is female. “The Future is Female,” another poignant sign displayed proudly at the Women’s March.
“This is what democracy looks like! Tell me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like!”
The chant rang out in the street in call and response fashion as organizers asked the question, and the crowd responded. The First Amendment at its best. Taking to the streets to protest a government’s actions when those actions are counter to what the people feel is right, is a constitutional right.