- Jan 19, 2019
- Leamington Spa, UK
- Real Name
What a great post. We should all celebrate our common humanity and find things that draw us together rather than drive us apart. And we should learn from our past and not try to erase it or re-write it.I think about that, a lot! As I noted above, my mum was British, my dad Indian, and I formally adopted the US as home almost 50 years ago. All 3 nations have their histories—the good, the bad, and the unknown. I celebrate the customs, traditions and successes of all 3 nations; I enjoy their foods, music, cultures, people, and more. I am saddened by, and even embarrassed by, their failures and their humanitarian lapses.
And at the end of the day, I think of beliefs such as those championed by Gandhi, "I am a Hindu, a Christian, a Muslim and a Jew. . ."; or those of Kennedy, "ask not . . . , but what you can do for your country"; or Elizabeth II, "Let us not take ourselves too seriously . . ."
That is, I take the best of my past and meld it into me—after all I take great pride in checking the box that says "☐ Other" when asked about race and ethnicity!
Anyway, onward to the future.