When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free. Barack Obama
Have you ever watched the movie BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN? The mountain settings are spectacular, the music is soulful and the actors do a terrific portrayal of two men discovering the truth of their lives while living in a culture which refuses to accept that love comes in a multitude of flavors. The emotion is raw, the love is tender, the difficulties accepting alternative sexuality are real. Check it out if you have not seen this award winning flick, but allow me to fast forward to the nugget of truth. Ennis (Heath Ledger) could not accept the deepest love he had ever experienced – physical, emotional and soulful – until that love (Jake Gyllenhaal) was taken from him by the hatred and prejudice of men who lived their lives in an extremely narrow concept of masculinity and manhood. Ennis realized in the final heart-breaking scenes what he had lost, but it was too late.
Standing shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand with diversity and inclusiveness is an act of love which could save our world. It means that I must extend an open mind to the differences of others just as I would want them to accept me with my distinguishing differences. That is probably the greatest challenge a brother/sister of color, an American Muslim, or a member of the LGBTQ+ community will face in life’s journey. It becomes too easy, having been a target of prejudice and derision, to complete the circle of hatred and intolerance, but we have to be better than that.
This excerpt below which I chose is graphic and profane, but so is life.