On a personal note, today is my brother Paul's birthday. He would have been 29. He died in a car accident September 7th 2003. One of the things I love to remember about him is how he loved people; Especially people who were different then he was. He showed patience, compassion and kindness that I can still aspire to.
In todays political climate I believe that we have lost sight of the simple fact that we are all people - We the people of the United States of America. Race, religion, and sexual preference do not change the fact that we are still people. The constitution was written for us, not the banks, corporations and insurance companies which are bleeding our nation dry. Paul's traits of kindness, compassion and intelligence, are some of the tools we will need in these upcoming years. I find it hard to understand the people in the political limelight who are so blatantly crusading against our freedom in the name of liberty and patriotism. So, I continue to remind myself that they are still people.
"My religion is kindness" - Dalai Lama
|Paul Van Daam|