believe : to accept something as true……
As a child, I believed in silly things like fairies, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. Over time the belief in them vanished into knowing that adults lied.
When I was a child, I believed adults knew everything. Over time, I knew they rarely did.
Most of our childhood beliefs change as we age and experience life.
Some never do. They become the foundation of who we are as a part of humanity.
Our belief in the basic goodness of others, our belief in a higher power, our belief that the people we elect will work FOR us instead of against us.
It is shattering to discover that the things we hold closest to our hearts are wrong. Our politicians are NOT working in our best interests. Religious leaders are NOT preaching and living the gospel. Our country is NOT the “greatest” in any way.
It’s so easy to let the hatred of those different than ourselves take over and affect every part of our lives. It is so easy to let racism, sexism, misogyny take root in our hearts.
The hard thing is to continue having faith that good people will prevail. That the government shall once again be for us instead of against us. That religion will once again follow the path to God instead of to money or power.
The hard thing is to have faith in humanity. If we want for our children and grandchildren a better world…we MUST do the hard things.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln