Inside my head is truly a jumble. J often asks me how I come up with the questions I have and I can’t answer him because I don’t know. Really.
One of the things that I’ve been thinking about is diversity and how we should be tolerant and accepting of everyone as they are. I believe that but I’ll be honest, it’s not always easy. There are times that I find myself caught up in judging someone until I remind myself that that’s not the kind of person I want to be. I continually pray for patience, tolerance, and compassion and I think it’s working, or at least I hope so. There is one thing I have a difficult time with though, and it’s special interest groups.
I don’t care what your skin color is. I don’t care what nationality you are. I don’t care if you’re gay or straight. What I do care about is the fact that people feel the need to have a special interest group to stand behind. I get that these groups were originally formed to get the word out and (for lack of a better word) force these topics and issues into the open. But isn’t it time to stop “tagging” or “branding” people? I received an email and part of the person’s official title is “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Liaison”. Do we really need a liaison? How sad. Do we really need the Al Sharpton’s of the world working to further segregate people instead of being a leader and showing others how to heal the divide? Even sadder. Not everything in life is fair and just; I think we’re our own worst enemies. Just a note here, I’m not singling out any one group, I’m just using two examples of many. Yes, I’ve been called naive however I’d like to think that I’m hopeful. Hopeful that someday we won’t need to tag ourselves with a label other than our name.