I was thinking about all the turmoil we are going through lately, un-friending people you don't agree with, being on polar opposite sides of issues with family members and the people who matter most.
It's gotten rotten. really.
Then, I thought of the carefree lazy Summer days of my youth, when politics didn't matter, just friendships. Not race, or religion. or rights. When running for the ice cream truck and sharing a first kiss were the important things. Picking berries, playing hide and seek, building forts and make believe. How high could we get the swing before we jumped off? Gasping for breath after drinking a whole glass of lemonade without stopping because of the thirst we built up during our adventures. We accepted our friends because they were kind and loyal and the only enemies were the bullies on the block and the setting sun.
It would sure be nice if we could keep in mind that the setting sun on our time here is the reminder to hold precious each and every living life and that in the end we are all equal. Then maybe we might be able to see that taking a stand against someone else's right to just be who they are is really petty and reckless and harmful to everyone, yourself included.
Be mindful of who and what is really your friend while you have time left. The bullies in this life are the ones who encourage exclusion, hate, criticism and fear. There may be someone watching and what if what he is really looking for is whether you were capable of this understanding. I think he would tell you, "Don't lose your own humanity, that is where you will find peace." The only real reward in this life is love and if you spend your energy preventing the freedom and happiness of others, then you cannot know love or peace.