I was drawn back to the post again and again as I ( for one) am in constant conflict between what I have been taught growing up in my birth family, societal misnomers, my own personal beliefs, hardships of late , and biblical teachings. I can’t tell you how many times I sat down to try to make sense of these contradictions. And they have been on my mind a lot lately. 🙂 GREAT POST!
America. The land of opportunity. A refuge for the persecuted, the downtrodden, the sick and poor. The Colossus, a sonnet inscribed in the Statue of Liberty exemplifies our nations foundation with it’s closing:
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– Emma Lazarus
We tell our children that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. We glorify the Cinderella story in which one pulls himself up by his bootstraps and makes his own place in the world. My grandfather told my dad as he started his first job, “Keep your back bent and your head down and everything will be fine”. Work hard. You will be…
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