All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree
Growing up I was taught that to understand diversity all I needed to do was look at a tree.
OK Simple enough. I was told that a tree has many branches that grow in separate and unique angles from the main part of the tree. These branches can signify all the differences in the world but they always come back to the trunk. The trunk was to symbolize unity in the face of chaos.
I want to take this little philosophical tale one step further, if I may. I would like everyone to take the next leap with me. Let’s take a leap DOWN! The branches are connected to the trunk and seem to unify at that point. But what of the trunk? It cannot sustain the tree all on it’s own. There must be something else. That’s where the roots come into play.
Everything the leaf, the branch and the trunk does is to feed the roots. The differences in branch size, leaf color or trunk girth don’t mean a thing if the roots are not supported through the nutrients of decaying leaves and the self pruning of diseased branches. Keep the roots healthy and the tree will live long and strong.
If the roots start to decay? Then the tree will die.
We have to accept that we will all branch out from the trunk at some point in our lives. We will all form our own branches of beliefs and values. If we don’t, we become either an echo chamber for the latest craze (or crazy) or a fence sitter with no opinions except for those that seem right at the time.
We are voting on November 6th. I urge everyone to take the time and effort to cast your ballot. Believe in what you vote for and vote for what you believe in. Don’t be strong-armed by the rhetoric that you feel the obligation to vote a party line.
Keep the roots of your city, county, state and nation healthy by feeding them the nutrients of an unhindered and guilt-free vote.
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.