That statement can be taken two very different ways and I think it’s necessary to point out both, on today of all days.
DEFINITION 1: the complete exclusion of something. “No shirt, no shoes, no exceptions.” Meaning that you MUST follow OUR rules or be kicked out. Historically this version has also been implied and/or used to separate drinking fountains by race, ban Jews from entering certain shops, etc.
DEFINITION 2: The complete inclusion of something. As in, Gods bless everyone. No exceptions.
As someone who really does have friends that span nearly every rendition of human descriptors, I choose the 2nd definition. And I think that’s really important.
Especially on Election Day here in the US. And while I’m a cynical observer of human behavior (as in, it doesn’t surprise me at all the the actual scary things in the zombie show “The Walking Dead” are not the zombies but the living, breathing human beings who are left), I always hope in my heart of hearts that most people live by definition #2.
So for me, my personal ethos dictates that I think over my wide group of friends, and think how they would like to be treated before I cast a vote. Love. We. Tribe. Gods Bless Everyone. NO EXCEPTIONS.
And I feel that there while there isn’t a definitive choice FOR that, there is definitely a candidate who is AGAINST particular groups of people.
My gut says that when you’ve alienated or insulted or tried to shame group after group, and minority after minority, there comes a tipping point when there are enough minorities to make a majority.
That’s my election prediction. And tomorrow? I’ll either have egg on my face from a miscalculation that I was either brave enough or stupid enough to throw out into the internet ether, or my hunch will be proven correct. Neither matters, because my vote is already cast, and whether your vote is cast yet or not, I am unlikely to change anyone’s actual vote at this point. However, how someone treats another person in the aftermath may still be… undecided. And if my words factor helpfully into whatever weird aftermath we as a nation are headed towards regardless of who wins (because make no mistake, I think there will be an aftermath), then my time was well spent.
Love matters. So please, no matter what the outcome, PLEASE use love, acceptance, and kindness in your treatment of ALL of the human beings.