will all find tolerance?

 

i am a believer

i am an American

i am white-skinned

i am a college graduate

i am married, to one man

i work at home on the farm

i feed beef cattle to feed people

i am a home owner and land owner

i am conservative in my political views

 

are these statements provocative?
unacceptable, politically incorrect?
should i apologize to the world?
do we really believe in tolerance?
does diversity respect equally?

 

 

i want to listen and learn

i may disagree but that

does not mean i hate

yes, i am privileged

to love & be loved

to also bleed red

i thank God for

his blessings

every day;

you?

 

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. (Psalm 16:6)

32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lillian
    Feb 21, 2019 @ 12:56:18

    This line
    “does diversity respect equally?”
    That, for me, is the crux of it all. We all lie within a patchwork quilt….we can disagree and do so respectfully. Dividing by deliberately talking about “us” and “them” or by fear mongering is not acceptable.
    When my daughter (now 44) was 16, she flew to Germany for a year as a foreign exchange student. I suddenly had a new understanding of geography — Europe is made up of many countries….each small in the amount of space it takes up….each with a different culture and language. Here in the United States of America, we stretch across a vast amount of space and try to be united…of course there are different cultural aspects in terms of food, colloquialisms, choice of shoes even (I’ve always wanted a pair of cowgirl boots!)….and now add into that the melting pot of immigration that actually began when folks moved here to live on Native American land….and one can understand the difficulty of making this vast amount of land and people “united.”
    Ah….see how you’ve got me thinking here? The mark of a good writer!

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    • lynn__
      Feb 21, 2019 @ 20:46:02

      I’m glad you shared your thoughts, Lillian! Yes, diversity in unity means mutual respect but it’s hard to undo the disrespect that’s part of the past. If we can think of ourselves as one race (human) or as citizens of one nation (America or another), that may unite us. Thanks for moving this discussion along πŸ™‚

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  2. katiemiafrederick
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 18:24:56

    Smiles.. Conservative and Liberal
    Are Written in all of the Animal
    Kingdom Including Humans
    For there Will
    Always
    Be
    the ‘Sitters’
    And ‘Rovers’
    And Smiles my
    Friend Lynn It’s
    True Ya Can’t Fall
    off the Cliff if Ya Stay
    in the Cave there is
    A Safety to Being Conservative
    And a Freedom to Moving Away
    From ‘the Desert’
    And to be
    Clear that’s/
    This Is Just a Metaphor
    i Still Live in ‘the Desert’
    And The Beach And Get along
    ‘Just Fine’ With the ‘Desert’ Natives..
    Too.. True though.. i Leg Press 1340 LBS
    And Really Weigh 243 LBS Some Days..
    No ‘Farm Boy’.. Now at Least
    Threatens me Not to Cry
    or Smile these Days as
    That’s what the
    ‘Onward
    Christian
    Soldiers’
    Tried to Tell
    me in School and
    Yes i go to Church
    Every Sunday for i
    Continue to Forgive ‘them’ for not ‘Feeling’ Love.
    Love is a Garden if it is Not Served With Real Love
    Felt Given and Shared it Does Not Exist And No NEVER
    No i Will NOT Vote For Anyone who Goes Against Every
    Single Verse of the Beatitudes for i Believe in That Teaching..
    And on the
    Other
    Hand
    i Still Love
    Those Who Do
    Smiles; Obviously With Smiles..
    But it’s True if You Really Wanna
    Become a Loving Man Where i Live
    in Yes ‘Trump Town’ LA Lower Alabama
    Florida Panhandle You Practically have to
    Become ‘Super Man’
    to do it
    as Lord
    Knows
    ‘Being
    Jesus’ might
    Get You ‘Crucified’
    in So Many Ways Still
    if You couldn’t Back Your Love Up
    With a Sword of Guns and Arms that are not Metal..
    That ‘You’ Will Never Have to Use As “A Real Man” And Not A ‘Gun Substitute’.
    Note: Real Alpha Male Leaders Cry (Have Empathy) and Pet Dogs in the White House And Somewhere in the Bible it Suggests We Expose Those Anti-to-Love-too.. Nah
    i am Not
    Afraid Now
    to Discern..
    Either.. My Friend
    Lynn.. And it’s not even
    The Very End Yet With Smiles..
    Winks.. i Always have at Least a
    ‘Few Words’ When Folks ask ‘You’?..;)

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  3. Sabio Lantz
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 16:08:01

    Lynn,
    I just read the comments where several folks said something to the effect of :
    “rather respect each other’s views.”
    I think this is a meaningless platitude.
    If you believe abortion is wrong, and another feels killing fetuses is OK, how do you respect that opinion.
    If you believe sending our young people to die on foreign land under the feigned propoganda of “freedom” but instead they want your children to die for oil or gas or trade lines — How the hell do you respect that?
    If you feel your Jesus has to make a touchdown on the Temple of the Mount in Jerusalem so he can rule 1000 years so you need to support the embassy change to Israel and back Israel being a Jewish Nation and kick Muslims out or make them powerless because that is how your Evangelical faith (my former faith) believes — How do I respect that if I see it as part and parcel of thousands of dead and many more suffering in the Middle East and the cause of wars and death of possibly our loved ones?

    Respect? What, do I smile and say, “I respect your opinion? and do everything I can to undo their efforts of legislation and their way of life that I feel brings very bad things? Is that respect?

    “Respect” is a word I guess means to please attack quietly.
    What do you think about those responses. Do you think those folks respect your differences, or just work quietly to undo the things you value?

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    • lynn__
      Feb 20, 2019 @ 19:04:16

      Wow, you hit on something here! Now, is it possible (I hope) to disagree but be willing to talk about issues (e.g. – abortion) calmly without name-calling or demonizing political “opponents” so that we may find some common ground?! Can we show respect to the person, giving them dignity by hearing them out, even if we have a strongly different opinion?! I think it takes humility and love. I also believe TRUTH wins in the end. But some people are bent on power and will seek to destroy anyone who opposes their agenda…they are dangerous.

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  4. Gina
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 16:04:00

    wanting to listen and understand that is the first and most gracious step, you embraced the subject with sensitivity yet made your heart known

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  5. Sabio Lantz
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 15:56:38

    Lynn,

    You asked some question in you “poem”.
    (1) Are these statements provocative or politically incorrect? Odd question. Of course not. They are just statements you make about your self.
    (2) Should I apologize to the world?
    Oh, I get it. If you are talking about White guilt, of course not. I am against that too — very big issue among liberals. (BTW, I am not conservative either).
    Should you apologize to your for being American. Well, not if you haven’t done something wrong. But sometimes we may apologize for those we work with or those we live with. The American government has lied and done many horrible things — so should you apologize, well only if you think it will ease your relationship with someone you are trying to get closer too perhaps.

    The rest are obviously something that need no apology.

    I agree that disagreeing does not mean hate.
    And it is indeed a privilege to be loved but more of a duty to love.

    Do I “thank God for his blessings everyday” , you asked saying “you”.

    I don’t believe in any power in the sky or anywhere else that cares at all for humans and is all powerful (“God”), if there is, he/she is horribly cruel with all the terrible suffering he/she could stop (volcanos, title waves, children falling in a well, mines collapsing and much more). He/she could stop that easily without interfering with human free will. So no. There is not god-like-thing to thank. But do I try to maintain a thankful heart, yes, but you don’t need to have a god to do that.

    And just for your information , I am a former born-again Evangelical Christian who use to imagine a god and prayed and was deeply thankful to my imagined being very often. I am now thankful that I am religion-free.

    “are these statements provocative?
    unacceptable, politically incorrect?
    should i apologize to the world?”

    All good questions. I agree with what I think I am reading in your poem: Privilege is a loaded word and manipulative.

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    • lynn__
      Feb 20, 2019 @ 18:47:36

      Thanks, Sabio, for your thoughtful response to my questions! Thanks for sharing your perspective on this.

      I think we all believe in something because at heart we are religious beings…

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  6. Beverly Crawford
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 15:03:56

    Straightforward and provocative, but coupled with a willingness to listen and consider other views. Oh, would that it always be universally so!

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  7. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 14:37:27

    I think that as long as we know the way we know it, and are willing to listen we can always overcome differences.

    I have many of the same privileges, but to me they are also tied with duties… a double edged sword

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  8. Charmed Chaos
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 13:06:50

    I love the straight forwardness in this Lynn.

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  9. Cressida de Nova
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 11:01:51

    You are blessed indeed. If I am reincarnated I want to be like you except for the cattle thing πŸ™‚

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  10. Camie
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 06:25:41

    I love this!

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  11. anmol(alias HA)
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 02:48:51

    Well penned! I like how you shared your privileges in a straightforward manner. You tell us that it doesn’t have to be difficult just to acknowledge them. Thanks for participating, Lynn!

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  12. kim881
    Feb 20, 2019 @ 02:34:33

    I’m with Grace on this one, Lynn.

    Reply

  13. Jamie Whorton
    Feb 19, 2019 @ 18:47:22

    Wonderful !! Really well done!

    😊😊

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  14. Grace
    Feb 19, 2019 @ 18:39:54

    No need to apologize but rather respect each other’s views. I too want to listen and be more open to other’s situation, be more tolerant of other’s opinions and beliefs.

    Reply

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