Friday, February 27, 2015
I just received by UU World today. Not surprisingly it is about racial justice. It got me to thinking about where do most UU's live. To me, one strong way of bringing about racial justice is to live together. Not necessarily in the same house, but in the same neighborhoods. I live in the suburb next to Ferguson. Many of my friends live in Ferguson and I am in that community all the time. My own community is reaching the white as minority threshold. In fact, many long time St. Louisans who have left my area (white flight) wonder why we still live here. Why? Because I want my kids to grow up in a diverse area. I want them to see all facets of the human race, both in terms of ethnicity and socio-economic status. I like where we live. I like the diversity. I have no desire to join my fellow "flighters" and live in all white/upper-middle class conclaves. This is why we have racial injustice. My children will grow up knowing that not all stereotypes are true, because they have experienced it themselves. They will not grow up conditioned to be afraid of African-American men because those men were once boys they went to school with and to birthday parties and to Boy Scouts, etc. Living together shows us all that we are each unique and not to subscribe to racial prejudices that may be consciously or unconsciously passed down through society. We are all just humans. I would encourage fellow UUs to look around their neighborhoods. Helping is one thing, but living together is another.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I am usually pretty excited for the New Year, for all the standard reasons: new start, clean slate, possibilities, etc. This year I am just "meh". So what? - the calendar has continued its natural course and moved forward. Nothing really changes. Life continues on. I used to make resolutions for big plans in the next year, but why bother? I usually fail, and if I do succeed, not much really improves. 2014 was not a bad year for us. Thankfully, we were mostly healthy and happy. We visited family and took a couple of fun trips. There was time for us and hobbies. Husband has a good job and the kids are doing really well in school and in life. There is nothing to complain about. On one level, life is cruising along. On another level, I want more and feel guilty about it. I want a fulfilling job outside of the house, but after sending tons of resumes out, haven't even gotten an interview. I want to move. I am so tired of St. Louis. I have lived here for twenty years and from the day I moved here, I have been trying to leave. Unfortunately, Husband can't find a job (and doesn't really want to) outside of Missouri. I would love another child through adoption. The family doesn't. I would like to lose weight, but the medication I need, makes it incredibly difficult. So why make resolutions? Despite my best efforts, the things I want will not happen. The things I want are superfluous. I have everything and more then I really need. Making resolutions for more seems like a fool's errand.