[Note: one wrong button push and I lost more than half of what I wrote - the original post was in all likelihood much better]
Okay. This is going to ramble a bit.
I am slightly more than slightly intoxicated. Let's make that known right at the beginning. In an effort to make things remotely interesting, I'll try to add pictures as needed. The bottle of wine next to me is only good for maybe two more drinks - this is probably a good thing.
I listened and I thought to myself about how one thing about this country you really can't deny is the amount if ignorance we as a whole have of each other. Whether it's our religions, our political beliefs, or our lifestyles, too many of us are ignorant on the larger world outside our homes, or worse, content to base those views we have on stereotype. And when faced with something that could conceivably threaten that shelter we've built for ourselves brick by brick, we often take the coward's way, the safe way out.
So what do you do? I thought about airports, and what airports are. Airports are gateways, points of departure, points of arrival. What other large community areas play host to so many different cultures, different beliefs? Maybe we're wasting a great opportunity to promote understanding, promote knowledge and acceptance, if not belief. Why NOT decorate airports with Christmas trees and Menorahs? But don't stop there - build displays that celebrate and educate the holidays and observances from all walks of life. International airports could double as museums as well as embassies dedicated to advancing brotherhood in what should be a global community based on mutual ackowledgement and understanding each other's beliefs.
I can't help but think we're wasting a chance here to really do something beneficial, instead of fighting and turning our repsective beliefs into an opporunity for legal action let's just acknowledge it all - celebrate it all. Faced with the choice of ripping down my Christmas decorations or partaking in double the joyous festivities, I'll take option #2.
I did all this tonight and I thought about the baby and how I want him or her to come into a world where the ideals of humanity are defined by knowledge and truth and beauty and art and decency, and not ignorance and fear and predjudice and greed and blind ambition.
And I realized that everything going on in my life life is happening all over the world, to every one of us, and it can sometimes blind you to what's around you.
So I'm going to try, and keep trying to do my part to live up to those ideals, regardless of how many things threaten to push their way into the foreground.
Because now every day I see a reason to continue trying.