There are many viewpoints from which we can see the world, our relationship to it and to one another. There are many masks we wear, many clubs we join, and many beliefs we shoulder throughout our lives. But I have yet to experience one as satisfying, as fulfilling as that of viewing the world thorough the eyes of being human.
We cannot, nor should we, discount or disregard our histories, our cultures or our faiths, but it is crucial that we recognize our humanity first and foremost.
The problems facing us that are provoking fear and distrust are not new. The solutions that have failed us before will fail us again.
There is one solution rarely tried; perhaps it is too simple, perhaps it is too hard. If we could choose to recognize and celebrate our unique and precious humanity and cultivate peace and fulfillment within ourselves, we would welcome a new perspective to the mix.
But there is more. We must also recognize that which robs us of our humanity. It is not our friend and we must have the guts to walk away from these chains that bind us.
Keep to the path that was laid for you before you were born, to the hope that was instilled in and upon you, and to the strength that has never left you.
We are here because of the love of those who have gone before us and the Love of something we may never fully understand but can feel.
We are here today because of what we can leave for those not yet here. Put down the weapons of power and hatred. Pick up the weapons of clarity and fearlessness. It is not as cloudy as you may think. It is not as desperate.
Find the strength in yourself to carry on and find support in those who cherish humanity and the earth.
The tide is turning. Humanity is rising.
Celebrate your part in it.