Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

This Morning -

When my husband continued to interact with the police this morning, they questioned him on why he was being so challenging. Why couldn't he just go back in the house and let them do their job?

He responded with the words of Martin Niemoller.


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.




The police knew the words, knew what they meant.  Perhaps we all do.  I believe the police acted with compassion this morning.

I also think we need to look carefully at law enforcement.  A friend who called the sheriff about all the sirens was told not to worry, that we were all "safe".

What does that mean?

I remember the night of 9-11 when helicopters and planes flew all night over my area to protect the Golden Gate Bridge.  Did that make me feel safe?   I'm grateful to live in an area that is relatively safe, and I think of the book The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle.  We can put up walls, but walls imprison us too.  More and more, I am coming to understand that I am not an individual self, that I am connected with you, as you are with me.  We share the air we breathe.

Today as all this was occurring, police, sirens, lights, and a woman crying, I felt how clearly we all are one.  There is no "inside" and "outside", and I cannot close my curtains or my eyes.

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