“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
“Every moment you sit around trying to predict the exact best thing to do next in your life is a moment you miss playing with the whole luscious thing and letting it tell you what comes next.”
“Patriotism can be a dangerous thing if it leads to amnesia about the dark patches of our nation’s history,” writes Shane Claiborne. When we go digging into the lesser known aspects of our past, it’s clear America has never lived up to its own ideals. But this very fact is one of the catalysts pushing us forward, even if it is only inch by inch. This is the unfinished American dream totally worth celebrating — the dangerously subversive idea all people are created equal and have an important voice regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, class, race, or religion. May it someday be fully practiced and realized.
If patriotism is a love for one’s own country, then it matures and grows up when we recognize patriotism is a love for the people of our own country. To love another is to ascribe infinite worth, without stipulation, condition or reciprocation. To love someone is to stop trying to recreate them in our own image of who we think they should be. To love simply means we allow others, especially those “different” from us, to be themselves and to accept the depths of our truest self without shame. Anything with conditions — hidden or otherwise — isn’t love at all. Thus it ceases to be patriotic.
Who are we to love? The folks at Love Has No Labels shed some light on the average American of today and, in the process, remind us what it means to be a genuinely patriotic American (with a love that goes far beyond the walls of our borders). We truly are an interdependent and diverse community.
Happy “Interdependence” Day! #weareamerica
To celebrate our national interdependence more deeply, Claiborne offers a couple inspiring suggestions:
1). Track down old teachers and mentors. Let them know the influence they have had in your life.
3). Try to go a whole week without spending any money. If you have to, barter or beg a little to make it through.
14). Track to its source one item of food you eat regularly. Then, each time you eat that food, remember the folks who made it possible for you to it it.
“Character is destiny.”
“Your journey is not determined by where you begin.”
“He’s got so much good going on he no longer wants to decide which direction to go. So he goes nowhere.”
“We are, I know not how, double within ourselves, with the result that we do not believe what we believe, and we cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn.”
Michel de Montaigne
“Human beings never behave more badly toward one another than when they believe they are protecting God.”
Barbara Brown Taylor
“There’s a cost to everything. If you don’t ascribe value to yourself or your desires… someone else will.”
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”