Second nature and a bit of tunnel vision

Tunnel vision. Copyright 2013 by T. E. Wilson. All rights reserved.

Tunnel vision. Copyright 2013 by T. E. Wilson. All rights reserved.

There is a lot of news today – as there definitely should be – on the US Supreme Court‘s rulings dealing with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s desputed Prop. 8.

I’m very happy, but this is all tempered for me because… to me… this is the world being closer to what it should be. It’s like second nature. Second nature with a bit of my personal tunnel vision, that is.

My formative years were spent attending a Methodist church which was completely open. I mean, COMPLETELY.

It was open to all denominations. It was open to all religions. And most prominently, it was open to all sexual orientations.

We had a large percentage of the church who were gay. We rented space for PFLAG meetings. Our pastor was one of the first I know of to openly perform marriage ceremonies – which were, of course, only recognized in spirit by the members of our congregation and not even by the Methodist church, at that time.

Growing up with that, though, it only seems now like the world is setting itself on the path it should be. Somewhere, after civil rights of the 1960’s, our country took a  detour and it’s only now finding it’s way back to the interstate for smooth driving and a quick trip.

Of course, that’s just the way it seems. The reality is obviously very different. There is no should in this world. There is what is. There is what we perceive as what is. And there is what will be, regardless of either.

I’m very happy for the rulings today.

I’m very disturbed that 4 of the 9 justices are still living in a world where they feel that – by blocking same-sex marriage – they are righting a wrong started with women’s rights and racial equality.

There is nothing truly equal. I’m a Libra, so that is something I feel completely on an intellectual level. But for me, it will always be second nature to treat people as I would like them to treat me – with respect, compassion, empathy, and dignity.

As the message says, “Love is a verb, not a noun.” Take action.

Copyright 2013 by T. E. Wilson

Copyright 2013 by T. E. Wilson

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