Symbolism

The national flag of the United States and the rainbow flag. While seemingly representing different aspects of our culture, I believe, at their core, these flags symbolize the same beliefs and values. Those of unity, strength from diversity, inclusion, and of freedom. No ruler or law can hold an oppressed people forever. Each of us yearn to exercise our freedoms and I should hope, respect the freedoms of other people. These flags are the reminders of the human condition.

We need not approve of one another, have empathy, or even understand each other, though it would be nice. But there is no reason we should not all strive for respect and tolerance for the human condition. Because at our cores, we are not so different from one another.

Unfortunately, the world is never so simple. Anyone of us may face adversity for who we are and what we live for. So I close this post with words of peace and good fortune, to be remembered in times of need: "May God stand between you and harm, in all the empty places where you must walk."

5 comments:

Kelly said...

Thank you for posting the picture and thank you for the wonderful words you have said in this post...touched me very much...thank you for the support of my little challenge...have a great week...

buff said...

Thanks also for posting Kelly's photo of our rally symbol, the rainbow flag. May it waive forever proudly whereever it is flown. Big Gay pride hugs.

Frisbee Girl said...

Superb photo; wonderful post.

Gregor said...

Very poetic. Nice.

Army said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone. I feel fortunate that we are able to communicate across vast distances. Hopefully the positive messages can reach those who may benefit from them!