The topic for each day will begin with the designated letter of the alphabet.
This Thursday’s letter is O.
Once upon a time, I was adamantly certain of how things were, how they should be. I was strict and rigid. I knew all there was to know. It was either black or it was white. It was either right or it was wrong. By rote I spouted what I heard and what I was told. I accepted it as the truth.
For instance I recall those Public Service Announcements which ran on TV in
the ’80’s during the “War on Drugs” campaign. “This is your brain…This is your brain on drugs.” That ad influenced me and I became staunchly anti-drug, particularly pot.
In this time, two states have legalized recreational marijuana. For various reasons, too numerous to list here, I have become more liberal minded regarding the use of marijuana.
As the boundaries of my world expanded so did my level of tolerance.
Recently, ABC News reported, “Mozilla co-founder CEO Brendan Eich, who came under fire this week for donating to a campaign to ban gay marriage in California, has resigned. Eich, who became the CEO of the nonprofit company behind Mozilla Firefox on March 24, had donated $1,000 for the successful Proposition 8 ballot measure that passed in the November 2008 state election.
”In a personal blog Mr. Eich made a statement saying: "I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion.”
Should Eich be held accountable and lose his job for a choice he made six years ago to support a cause in which he believed in at the time?
I have always believed that people should be allowed to love anyone they choose. Many others, including highly visible public figures, have just recently had a change of heart regarding same sex marriage.
I have faith that people, through personal growth, can develop an empathy for their fellow human beings. It may just take a little time and effort, that’s all.
Everyone has an opinion about everything. I would say trust your instincts and have faith in our common humanity. If those are your convictions, your opinions will stretch and expand but will not stagnate.
I now know that I know nothing. There is no certainty about anything. I have learned that there are far more than fifty shades of gray. Mostly, I have figured out that I can form my own opinions.
So what do you think?
Why not check out some of the other 2033 participants in the April 2014 A-Z Blog Challenge.