- The Congress will be voting on HR1-- the “For the People Act”--voting rights bill very soon.
- Our country and our world must continue to work to overcome discrimination and hate and must continue also to teach the values of tolerance so that we can save our democracy for our children.
- The “Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Styron is the book I am discussing this month.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. — Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809
The congress will be voting soon on the voting rights Bill HR1– the “For the People Act.” Why are we still fighting for equality and the right to free access to vote for all of our citizens in 2021.The Republicans in state legislatures in many states are passing bills to limit access to voting for our citizens. They have already passed over 200 bills to do that. In a democracy that is unacceptable and limits all of our rights and ultimately will destroy our democracy. We, the people, cannot allow them to do this. That is why the voting rights bill HR1 must pass and be a protection for us all.
The United States and the world have been fighting discrimination for as long as people have walked on this earth. It has been the Catholics against the Protestants, discrimination against the Jews, Jews in conflict with Palestinians, crimes against Chinese workers and other Asians, The Crusades–Christians against the Muslims. Arab tribes against each other. Intolerance between whites and blacks.
The truth is that people do not like or trust others who are different than they are. It takes understanding and wisdom to learn to get along even in loving families. We have come to a point in our world that we must learn to live together in peace and harmony or we will all ultimately die together because unless we learn to come together and solve our difficult problems together this civilization will ultimately disintegrate through nuclear destruction or unaddressed natural disasters like climate change.
Most of our religions have all tried to teach us to love and respect each other, but unfortunately some have also caused us to distrust anyone who is different.. Our moral and ethical leaders have worked hard to bring us closer to becoming more tolerant of differences. We cannot and should not force other people whether it is our families or our fellow citizens to think and feel as we do, but we can learn to respect the opinions and the choices of others as long as they also respect out opinions and our choices and we all can learn to make the effort to live together in respect and peace.
I don’t know what the religions or political opinions or races of my neighbors on my street are, but we have all lived side by side for many years—each living the life that suits them and we are a good community. Each of us must now look into our own hearts and root out the distrust that we might feel for those who are different from us and begin to live with more respect and tolerance for every human being in the US and in the world. We must reject words and deeds of intolerance and hate whether they come from our families or our religions or our communities or our TV’s and social media. Respect and tolerance for all human beings will ultimately save our democracy and our planet.
Monthly Book—The Confessions of Nat Turner.
William Styron wrote the Confessions of Nat Turner in 1967. The novel was a runaway and critical and financial success and won both the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the William Dean Howells medal in 1979. It is presented as a first-person narrative by historical figure Nat Turner, a slave. The novel concerns the slave revolt in Virginia in 1831. It is based on “The Confessions of Nat Turner: The Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia” a first-hand account of Nat Turner’s confessions published by a local lawyer, Thomas Ruffin Gray, in 1831. Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME “100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.”