So shines a good deed in a weary world.
-Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).
I think that it is safe to say that many of us are weary. Both politically and socially, the last year has left many of us drained, disillusioned and just plain tired. The US government, justice system, and political machine lack transparency, decency, morals or sense of justice for anyone who happens to be some shade of brown or female; not to mention poor, underemployed or disabled.
With all of this being said, what is most important is how we, as people, treat each other. There is so much fear and uncertainty about the future of our rights and freedoms; and whether or not they will still exist after inauguration day 2017; we need to be able to lean on each other for support and understanding as the edges of reason continue to blur out of focus. All of us sensical, reasonable people living in the world cannot afford to apathetic or indifferent to ills of our fellow man, just because their color, sex or religion is not our own.
We need to be able to look on each other with kindness and understand that we should judge each other on our individual merits, judge each other based on our deeds, and cast all knee-jerk xenophobia aside. We need good deeds to shine now more than ever. We are all we’ve got.