When I was in elementary school, I read The Diary of Anne Frank.....or I saw the movie. Either way, it started a thought scenario that I have replayed and reworked and re-planned, in my mind, for the past 35 years.
Would I have helped the Jewish people? Would I have risked everything to hide them? to transport them to a safer place? Would I have vocally stood up for them in protest? Would I stay out of it all, go on with my life, but never persecute them myself? Would I have been involved in the politics of the day, educated myself on all the issues, and made a decision? been swayed by a platform? been swayed by other's passions?
I, being one that likes excitement whether it is good or bad, believed that no matter what the other answers were, I would hide them. I would work with others to get them to safety, under the cover of night, or secret passages.
When I met Jeff's family, they lived in a house that had a hollow area in the wall. You could crawl through a cabinet to a small area in the inner wall. "That's where I would hide them", I thought.
When we bought our house, we had to put in a trap door in a closet, to get to plumbing under the house. "That's where I would hide them", I thought.
--fantastical scenarios to ponder because it was history, not present life--
I have surrounded myself with acquaintances, friends, family, and strangers that have opinions and beliefs that are very diverse. I now am asking myself the same questions with which I began this post. I would like to educate myself on the facts, but I am having a hard time finding sources that are listing the facts, without being laced with someone's or some organization's opinions.
I can not look at social media without being saddened (not disappointed necessarily) by my friends and family that are supporting Trump's actions and quick-to-speak words.
I do not agree with Trump AT ALL.
I do not agree with the current democratic platform.
But I am not neutral.
The social media posts, the news, and bandwagons all seem bitter and more of a verbal match between passionate views that may not be taking time to think on the facts, or educate themselves verses listening to other human beliefs.
People are ignorant. I am ignorant.
At this current time, I must put politics aside, because after much thought I have an opinion about how I will proceed in what our future might hold...
I am NOT neutral. I will not sit by quietly and stay out of the mess.
I will stand up for humans. I will hide humans. I will work to secretly transport humans to a safer place. However, my words are all over the internet so my trap door may be the first place they look now.
I think this written expression, of my thoughts today, is mostly to say:
If anyone needs food, clothes, shelter, transportation, a safe harbor, a voice; then I will act. I will not let my feelings, opinions or beliefs keep me from helping a human, any human:
refugees, non-whites, whites, immigrants, poor, rich, genius, ignorant, racists, lazy, hardworking, men, women, children, unclean, obsessively clean, annoying, pleasant, offensive, diplomatic, blonds, balding, mullets, curly frizz hair, bad breath, drunks, addicts, squeaky clean, nerds, personal space invaders, attention seekers, wall flowers, loners......
I will show you care and love, but I am MAZ so I might hand you a toothbrush, ask you to be quiet for one minute, step back 6 inches, or whisper the truth to you, while you are sleeping.
On a rare serious note, I ask that my readers be careful which bandwagon on which to jump, think before you speak or post or "like", and above all... please ponder:
-think of a type person that you think is awful or lowest of the low or dangerous.....you are standing right beside that person, not over them-
(I will not respond to comments for or against, but its a free country so type what you must)