I’m not quite sure what that would look like. It’s not passivity, it’s not indifference, and it’s definitely not laughter or disrespect to those who protest. It is something deeper; an active peace.
A protest against protesting; what would such a gathering look like? Should it even be a gathering?
This week we had the women’s march; it looks like the organizers did an excellent job. There were a lot of people who were upset, and in some ways rightfully so. This week, right after the women’s march, we will have the right to life march. I hope they will be just as successful.
But successful at what?
I used to think that the right to life from conception to natural death was the most important issue. In the realm of principles it is; but in the realm of necessity perhaps not. Perhaps the greatest importance is the state of the Union, the need for reconciling the cultural divide. The right to life is the most essential; but it cannot be achieved without cooperation.
What would a march of reconciliation look like?
You can’t legislate by fiat; to do so is to simply build on sand. The Democrats are discovering this with their health care reform and the abortion issue. Just because you have a simple majority does not give anyone a mandate to stick it to the minority. “Here, just swallow this, I don’t care what you think.”
During the next four years the new government is going to get what they want; and then there will be a revolution again, and a new government will come in and take it all away. And please repeat and rinse.
Perhaps every new president should spend the first 6 months to a year reconciling with the country after the campaign; especially if they have won by the slightest of margins. No new initiatives, no remodeling; just being present and listening.
We are all so quick to action; so impatient.
Who are we speaking to and what are our aims in our protests? Are our signs and slogans speaking to the people that are not of our view or are we just speaking to our own kind and antagonizing everyone else?
You know, I love the Knights of Columbus, and I believe that they have noble intentions. Every year they take the front of the pro-life march here in Austin with swords and regalia in their all male troop. It’s all very nice, but what sort of message is it sending to those we are trying to reach out to? Or that lady with the biggest rosary beads she could find and the goriest cross on the market. Is this changing hearts; do pro-choice people feel invited?
And of course, this goes for the women’s march, or any march for that matter. Does a woman, half naked, running in the streets invite dialogue? Do signs covered with demagoguery or vindictiveness invite cooperation?
What would a march for reconciliation look like?