Though I intend not to make this blog political, it’s more and more clear to me that I cannot exclude my social and political views from this forum. If I am to be an authentic writer, I must disclose certain values and beliefs that I hold dear.
My personal and professional missions are to maximize open communication, mutual understanding, shared vision, and collaboration for common good (basically world peace) between all people. It will take my whole life to find and try different paths to that goal. Today I tried a new one for me. It felt powerful, and I’ll reflect for a while on the experience. Below are my initial impressions.
I marched with an estimated 150,000 people in Chicago today, a sister event of the Women’s March on Washington.
Beautiful day for marching.
The energy was positive, strong, and welcoming. It’s not every day that we get to participate personally in an actual, physical expression of a movement. I’m so glad we went.
I hope this day can be remembered in history like Woodstock–gatherings of people in peace, more to express what we are for than what we are against. Because we marched today FOR inclusion, solidarity, generosity, and the dream of a peaceful life for everybody.
Acts of violence, intolerance, hatred, or contempt by any of us marchers, regardless of the circumstances, would undermine the message and wreck the credibility of the movement.