Today, at the end of the week, it seems appropriate to post a few triumphs that have resulted from sheer people power.
Because it is important to take breaks for calm and restoration, I am posting a snowy nature photo. Poignant to me about this capture is the footsteps through the snow overlayed with shadows and interrupting tracks. Despite these seeming interruptions the tracks continue on their journey . . .
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.
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.