December 18, 2016
Make America Wake Again
Oh, the Trump train is boarding, and all the powerful schemers are climbing abord. They are going to a land called America Great Again and they think we all will go with them. But they are confused, most of America is confused, about where they are actually going. They believe that America is Great is where each generation has more money, more financial opportunity, than the generation before.
For example, The New York Times just published an article (“The American Dream, Quantified at Last,” by David Leonhardt) which begins with the fact that historian James Truslow Adams coined the term “American Dream” in his 1931 book The Epic of America. They quote his definition of the American Dream as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.”
The problem is that they use this definition to only focus on income, as revealed in income tax data. But Adams went on, immediatly after the words quoted, to say that the dream was not just about income and because of that people msunderstand the dream. Adams said, “It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”
That sounds like the UU dream, the one that causes to wake up to the social order of the day. We see the social order does not recognize people as they are, or empower them to attain their fullest stature. Instead, the social order uses the sugar of income to ensure the oppressing, alienating, degrading and marginalizing of so many of us. We wake each tme we mark the Transgender Day of Rememberance, or stand with those who say “Black Lives Don’t Matter Enough Yet.” If we are moved by the True American Dream, and relize it is still only a dream, it moves us to leave the Trump Train and seek instead the most holy and beautiful, Peace Train. The dream causes us to wake up and “stay woke” as my allies put it.
Please, join with me in making America “woke” again, seeking not the dream of money and cars only, but also the dream of peace, love justce and compassion.