Last month we were shocked to hear of the senseless killing of nine black Christians at a prayer meeting. It shocked the nation and it opened a wound so deeply driven that the truth of racism could no longer be denied or ignored. The hate that we have seen and the unfair biases were there for all to see. No one could hide any more. The forgiveness by the victim’s families spoke volumes.
Like a phoenix that fell in the flames and turned into ashes as individuals and a country we have the opportunity to rise up, renewed and once and for all turn things around. We can chose to see the good in all no matter the color of skin, gender, rich or poor. A state has an opportunity to bury the ugly side of history and restore dignity to its people that have lived, loved and supported it for generations.
This most recent act of aggression can be the final nail in a coffin of hate that comes from nothing more than concepts of one’s mind influenced by family, society or the media.
As a nation built from the labor of immigrants who were welcomed by Lady Liberty decades ago, how can we turn our heads and ignore the racism and inequality that exist.
As hateful as this crime was we were also witness to the good souls that fill homes, churches and even park benches in communities everywhere. We have been given an opportunity to see who we can be.
What happened? Where did we get off the track? Are we misled by misinformation or bias reporting? Freedom of speech allows for anyone to say anything they want but has it gone too far? Reporting by so called news stations that offer opinion and suggest motives or guilt are not sharing the facts and are influencing young and old minds.
The cycle of life brings pain and the joy, feelings of despair to exhilarating highs. You may feel like all is lost, then somehow you find yourself reborn. Whether it is a state of mind, physical or financial health, a business lost, a new career found, the death of a loved one or the birth of a child, the Phoenix falls into the flames, turns into ashes only to rise again.
It was during a falling and rising phase last month that I found the front cover for July. A month in which IP typically celebrates our nation’s birth I was feeling ashamed of where things stand politically and as a society. It’s hard to celebrate the freedom we think we have when our society continues to be a prisoner of an old belief system that should have been gone a hundred years ago.
As usual, ask and you shall receive. With the announcement that the IP office is available for classes and art shows Nikoletta Bersentes stopped by to check out the space. She’s moving from the area and would like to have a gathering and sell her art. Ready to embrace a spiritual theme in the office what she wanted to hang was a perfect match. Like myself, and the rest of the world, Nikoletta is experiencing her own Phoenix rising. The symbolism and the colors invoked what is needed at this time.
Again, and like each month, it feels as though Information Press is falling into the flame, turning to ashes hoping to rise as the Phoenix. We are on a slow burn, in the midst of the flames, and transforming. Will it rise up one more time and continue to be of service to the community? Will it finally be embraced, understood and have the ability to nourish and strengthen our community by raising awareness, educating and empowering the reader. For 24 years I have followed the guidance of my higher nonjudgmental self.
In August we celebrate another year and at that time we’ll see if the Phoenix will rise again.