I usually stay away from political issues because they can be such a sticky topic, but I thought I couldn’t keep quiet anymore. As a nation, we have fought in many wars to defend those who could not protect themselves and we did this in the name of humanity. It doesn’t matter what your point of view is on the border, jobs, or your political position; the right to be treated with decency and as a fellow human is a must. We fought each other to free slaves, we fought others to free nations from injustices, and now we have become the monsters that we set out to destroy. Where has the line of humanity that we don’t cross gone? Is nothing out of bounds?
No water, no showers, little food, separation of families. Does any of this sound familiar to you? I am ashamed not only as a nation but as an individual. As a nation, we talk and talk about these intolerable acts and we do nothing. As individuals, we talk and go to court to talk some more. It’s time to let them out of the cages. It’s as simple as that. Open the gates, reunite the families, and destroy the monster that we have become as a nation.
Today we are a nation that is pitted against itself and those less fortunate are paying the price. We are no longer the United States but have become the Divided States. Political jockeying and outdoing each other has become the norm. Is this the new American dream?
We have prided ourselves as a nation of freedom for all. The last part has become a lie. How can we call ourselves the land of the free when we cage those who seek it? We have forgotten, or choose to ignore that none of us originated on this land. That we are the very proof that immigration to a new land can work. Generations ago our relatives endured the turmoil of coming to a new land and now we are so willing to pass that punishment onto those seeking the very same thing. Have we learned nothing?
I would like to hear your thoughts, not your political views but your opinions on the loss of our humanity. They are human beings, mothers, fathers, and children. I ask one question. Where has the line gone?
Networking Groups, join them, don't join them. This has been a question I have been asked many times when I was a doctor. As an author, I now ask myself this question. Yesterday I decided to go to a networking group (I was invited). My motivation was to promote my debut novel, Green Haven, especially the crowdfunding campaign I have been pushing so hard. Like everyone else I went to this to self promote, make business connections and sell my up coming wares.
Honestly, I was forcing myself to go. I don't like to sell; as a doctor, most of my business was from referrals. Now I have to sell. I did. What I found interesting was that I enjoyed the connection beyond the business part of it. I did make good business relationships but I also made some new friends I had lunch with one today and we found that even though our businesses may not compliment each other, our connections will work in both our favors.
So why share all this? Because networking can happen on many levels. I ask that you remain open to seeing every possible level an any given time. Networking groups? Yes visit them, their not all the same. Find one or two or twelve, if you have the time. The trick is to make more than a business venture and be willing to give and maybe get somewhere down the road.
That was my give. Now I'll ask for my get. Please network with me and share my crowdfunding campaign and please donate. Time is crucial so don't wait. Plus there are some interesting gifts. You could see your name in print or help me name a character in my next novel (already under construction).
"Writing is the flow of life through words on a page. We all have this talent to share." Luca DiMatteo