Universal Kitto CarePosted: October 3, 2013
Kitto Love and Hugs for Lady Liberty’s weak, poor, tired, huddled masses yearning to breathe free…
for Beata, for JJ, for Ralph,
for BB’s brother for helping tell the story on Frontline.
Just an open thread of musing from me until Bostonboomer’s Thursday Morning Reads go up!
So, this is Rue at the beginning of summer giving me one of her Mama’s girl poses:
I love her. She loves and depends on me. When I adopted her and her big sister, they are the ones who *rescued* me. Not the other way around.
Jesus the original hippie didn’t say the meek shall go to hell and the ‘good capitalists’ to the promised land. St. Francis of Assisi didn’t say hmm, yeah, people less fortunate than me or “dependent” on me are beneath me. He devoted his life to them:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Nurture and care isn’t that difficult. I’m not going to go into object relations theory (Dr. Bostonboomer would be the go-to person for a primer anyway), but…
Even ET and Elliot were all, “you ouch, I ouch…” There’s nothing overemotional or nanny state about that.
It is the right of all to experience the healing that comes from human interdependence.
Dependency isn’t the worst thing. Lack of nurture is. It’s the stuff antisocial atrocities like mass shootings are made of.
You give fish first while you teach to fish. When babies and the elderly can’t fish much less chew, historically our human ancestors didn’t say well that sucks for you! The human species would have never survived if survival of the fittest was not mitigated by our care and concern for the most vulnerable. Human babies take much longer than other animals to be physically capable of independence from our primary caregivers. We’re not biologically built to be raised by wolves. It takes a village. (Wendy Davis 2014, Hillary 2016!)
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is not the privilege for only the ‘good capitalists’ who make paper money off paper money (my laywoman vague notion of “derivatives”) for generations of Rockefellers etc.
If ordinary Americans (women, minorities, labor) in the year 2013 have to struggle everyday for basic civil rights, healthcare, clothes, shelter, education, job and food security–in short basic human rights and dignity–for the rest of their lives, what is so exceptional about America? What is left of the American Dream? Is this the standard of living we’ve been waiting for?
Like Dr. King, all I’m asking is be true to what you said on paper. Make good on the more perfect union. Always leave the next generation better off than you were. Be exceptional.