“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” - Nelson Mandela
In ways, the world is - as of today - a much different place than when I was little. I remember when there were no cell phones or internet. I remember when gay marriage wasn't legal. I remember when affordable health care was an oxymoron in America. I remember when the Confederate flag was at least somewhat widely considered to be about "Southern heritage" instead of being the flag for a pro-slavery army. Even only recently, we've seen riots and race baiting in places such as Ferguson and Baltimore.
Yet, this world we live in today - right now - it's inspiring. Dear Charleston has handled herself beautifully, in unity, with compassion and healing. Affordable health care is now legal. We're having serious debates about responsible gun ownership. People can marry who they love.
There's still a lot of work to do, of course. We need to continue leading by example and share Christ-like love with others, and continue re-examining any views we have that may lead to us being judgmental or hateful. Let us continue being a light unto the world, as we try to bring an end to racism, misogyny, homophobia, all of these issues that still plague society.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.” - Gandhi