Our globe by Fredrik Alpstedt is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Fear. It's pretty much everywhere. Once you know about it, you start to see, hear, and notice its sneaky language everywhere.
Anger and Blame. Conquer and Divide.
Us versus Them. You versus Me.
They are not like us. They are different. They are evil.
They. Them. Those people.
Simply reading and saying those words feels scary. The world feels like it's toppling over, violent, spinning out of control.
Well, there is a group of us who think it doesn't have to be that way.
We are you
We are men, women, rich, poor, gay, straight, married, single, welfare recipients and CEOs.
We are adults, teenagers, and children. We are black, white, Latina, Asian, African, American, Canadian, and every other nationality you can think of.
We are Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, atheists, and agnostics.
We are teachers, bankers, housekeepers, truck drivers, politicians, union members, government administrators, and hospital staff.
We are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, pro-lifers, pro-choicers, elected leaders and those running for office.
In short, we are you! We are us!
We are the people, the companies, the organizations of the Red Boot Coalition.
A Different Way
We live our lives with curiosity, open minds, humility and courage.
We see differences with a kind of child-like curiosity rather than a fearful "they aren't like us." We aren't afraid to look fear in the face and in our courageous, loving kind of wide-eyed and curious way say, "Tell me more. I want to understand."
It's kind of disarming isn't it? To listen to the fear, both ours and "the others" and see what's really going on underneath.
We think it's time to empower the RBCer who lives and breathes right here in our own communities, in our own hearts. It's time to show those who have not yet seen what love, compassion, courage, and a willingness to TRULY listen can do.
It might sound idealistic or downright crazy to think that a group of people who believe compassion, courage and trust can peacefully bring about a shift in the current world order but it's been shown time and time again throughout history that it IS possible.
So let's do this. It's time!